Walt Whitmans Novelle "The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle",
The street boy Jack Engle is in search of his origin - and finds New York City. Jack's adventurous life story was presented anonymously to the public by Walt Whitman in Protected content , packed as an autobiographical newspaper. Afterwards, the company had to wait Protected content for an archive to be rediscovered. The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle is therefore a small literary sensation, as it shows that the great American poet was a far more talented prosaist than his early works had to date.
Literally located between Charles Dickens and the ruddy slang of New York City, the story tells of the struggle of two children of the Waisenkind against an unscrupulous lawyer who wants to bring them to their inheritance. More than once, Whitman treats the leisure in the midst of the "twists" and "turns" of his lively tale of life, happiness and death - and reveals the first germ cells of his Leaves of Grass, which appeared only three short years after Jack Engle.
The German first transmission titled Das Abenteuerliche Leben des Jack Engle is presented by her translator and historically embedded - concealed behind supposedly fictitious in Whitman's work often real persons and events from the New York of the Protected content years.
Stefan Schöberlein, who grew up in Bochum, is a doctoral student at the University of Iowa. He is an associate of the Walt Whitman Archive and executive editor of the scientific journal Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, in which Jack Engle was re-released for the first time in spring Protected content .
Moderation: Dr. Sascha Pöhlmann, America Institute LMU Munich
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