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With Walt Whitman in Bolton – Spirituality, Sex and Socialism in a Northern Mill Town
by Paul Salveson

With Walt Whitman in Bolton
21cm x 21cm, 48 pages with 30 B&W illustrations.
ISBN: 978-0-9559171-0-3

£5.95 plus £2.00 P&P

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‘With Walt Whitman in Bolton’ celebrates one of Lancashire’s most unusual literary connections. Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is now regarded by many as America’s greatest poet. His links with a small group of admirers in Bolton, Lancashire, have only been known to Whitman specialists in the United States and a small group of devotees in Bolton.

The story began with a group of Bolton friends sending Whitman a birthday card in 1887, to which he responded with his own greetings. A friendship developed which outlived the death of both Whitman and his early correspondents. Each year Bolton has celebrated ‘Whitman Day’ on the poet’s birthday, May 31st. A walk on the Lancashire moors, readings from ‘Leaves of Grass’ and the passing round of Whitman’s loving cup brought back from America form part of an event that is unique in the literary calendar.



Comments from Readers

“Your book is a terrific accomplishment—beautifully illustrated, filled with valuable information, and incredibly up to date. I was a great fan of the original “Loving Comrades,” and this revision preserves the best of the original, adds important new information, and turns it all into a more permanent and professional publication. This is a book that should be on the shelf of everyone who is interested in Whitman”.
Professor Ed Folsom, Iowa University.
Editor of ‘Walt Whitman Quarterly review’

“I loved every word of it!”

Joann Krieg
Formerly Hofstra University,
New York and author of
'A Walt Whitman Chronology'


“I think the new 'With Walt Whitman in Bolton' is a superb and handsome publication!”

Professor Michael Robertson,
author of ‘Worshipping Walt’


“a masterpiece, making a potentially dry subject a riveting and fascinating read” 

Vince McCully, editor Rivington Unitarian and Free Christian Chapel Newsletter, July 2008