"Walt Whitman hoped his small, green, unassuming chapbook Leaves of Grass would set the poetic and literary world on fire, but there was, initially, nothing but a spark and then a fizzle. Reviews suggested that Whitman be sent to an insane asylum and that the book itself was “intensely vulgar, nay, absolutely beastly.” Even in 2023, there are divergent opinions concerning the literary worth of Whitman’s masterpiece. But how was it received in 1855?"
"Leaves of Grass,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 25
Available at: https://repository.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol25/iss2/3