News from the Library of Congress

Below are some recent posts from The Catbird Seat in the Division of Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress. Enjoy!

  • Copyrighting Leaves of Grass
    by Peter Armenti on May 15, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    The following cross-post is by Alison Hall, a writer-editor for the Office of Public Information and Education in the U.S. Copyright Office. It also appears on the Copyright: Creativity at Work blog. Not only is the Library of Congress celebrating the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth all month, but May is also the anniversary […]

  • Whitman: Designing Leaves
    by Anne Holmes on May 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The following guest post is by Amanda Zimmerman, reference assistant in the Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections Division. The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series of exhibits, public programs, and a digital crowdsourcing campaign to showcase the Library’s unparalleled collections of Whitman’s writings and […]

  • May 30 webinar explores the Library’s digitized Walt Whitman collections
    by Peter Armenti on May 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    As From the Catbird Seat readers are no doubt aware from the recent string of Walt Whitman posts we’ve featured, the Library is in the middle of a season-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birthday. As part of this celebration, the Library has launched several new online Whitman-related initiatives and resources, including: […]

  • Celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday
    by Peter Armenti on May 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    The following cross-post is by Paul Sommerfeld, a Reference Specialist in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. It also appears on In The Muse: Performing Arts Blog. Since publishing Leaves of Grass in June 1855, Walt Whitman and his poetry have captured the American imagination. Not until the early twentieth century, however, did […]

  • ‘O Captain! My Captain!’ Walt Whitman, Two Centuries Later
    by Peter Armenti on May 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The following post was written by Neely Tucker, a writer-editor in the Library’s Office of Communications. It originally appeared on the Library of Congress Blog. Walt Whitman, that most exuberant of poets, the 19th century bard of transcendent sensitivity, sensuousness and epic vision, was given to intimate correspondence in his personal life, too. As the […]