Comparison of Emerson and Whitman

Work Song of Myself (1855) Family Father was a talented but not-too-successful carpenter who moved the family around frequently. Education Quit school at age 10 or 11 to work as an office boy and printer's assistant. Born to a line of ministers. Encouraged by a brilliant, eccentric aunt. Went to Harvard, as did his father and fellow Transcendentalist Thoreau. Starts teaching grade school on Long Island in 1836 Southold incident in 1840. Never married buys a cheap lot in Camden in 1874 (for...