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Author to speak on Walt Whitman at Washington County library

April 09, 2008

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Carrol D. Peterson will present a costumed living history presentation titled "Walt Whitman: Poet of Democracy" at Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagers-town on Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes." In this costumed, living history presentation, Peterson portrays the larger-than-life Walt Whitman, discusses his views on poetry and politics in America and recounts his Civil War experience. This presentation engages the audience in a discussion of Whitman and encourages further reading of his works.

Peterson is a retired professor of English from Doane College, Neb. He has published articles on Shakespeare, Homer and many other poets. He has created other one-man shows about great literary figures, including Thomas Paine, Jack London and James Thurber and has performed them throughout the country. He has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Arkansas

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The presentation is brought to the community through the Maryland Humanities Council Poetry's Here at Your Maryland Library Program.

Call the library at 301-739-3250, ext. 136, to reserve a free ticket.

The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform the library of special needs two weeks prior to the program.

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