Reading: Zachary Turpin and Ed Folsom
No one laid eyes on it until 2016 when University of Houston literary scholar Zachary Turpin followed a paper trail deep into the Library of Congress, where the sole surviving copy of Jack Engle has lain waiting for generations. Now, after more than 160 years, the University of Iowa Press is honored to reprint this lost work, restoring a missing piece of American literature by one of the world’s greatest authors, written as he verged on immortality.
Ed Folsom, Whitman Archive co-director, is the Carver Professor of English at The University of Iowa. Since 1983, he has served as Editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. He directed “Walt Whitman: The Centennial Project,” which was funded by the NEH and the Iowa Humanities Board. He is the editor of Walt Whitman: The Centennial Essays (Iowa, 1994); co-editor of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (Holy Cow!, 1981, rev. ed., 1997) and Walt Whitman and the World (Iowa, 1996); and author of Walt Whitman’s Native Representations (Cambridge, 1994). He co-authored with Kenneth Price Re-Scripting Walt Whitman: An Introduction to His Life and Work (Blackwell, 2005) and co-edited Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays (Nebraska, 2007).