Salut Au Monde Series, Part 2: Re-Discovering Walt: The Story Behind the Research with Zachary Turpin

PHOTO: Zachary Turpin, a University of Houston graduate student, poses for a portrait at his home, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Houston. Turpin recently discovered a previously unknown novella by the poet Walt Whitman. Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP

WWBA announces its 2017 Program Series, Salut au Monde.  This title is taken from one of Whitman’s poems and we aim to bring the world to the Whitman stage with this Series. Re-Discovering Walt: The Story Behind the Research with Zachary Turpin is the second in this Series featured on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:30 – 9pm

Zachary Turpin, as a graduate student from the University of Houston found the unknown Whitman novel, Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, authored by Whitman under a pseudonym, will be here to discuss his discovery.

Turpin is “one of the most talented of a whole new generation of scholars,” Folsom said — scholars who will create “a golden age of discovery” as they dig through digital databases and uncover material that hasn’t been seen for decades, even centuries.

His presentation includes:

  • Could there be more Walt Whitman left to be discovered?
  • How might one find it?
  • Using Archival Research and Digitization


A small ad that ran in The New York Times on March 13, 1852, for what turns out to have been an anonymously published Whitman novel.

Walt Whitman’s handwritten notes for what became the novel “Jack Engle” contain “some remarks about the villainy of lawyers.” Credit Library of Congress







  • July 8, 2017
  • 7:30 pm
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