Rebel Souls


    Guest: Justin Martin

    Author JUSTIN MARTIN joins us to discuss his newest book, Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians.  The book chronicles a group of artists who all frequented Pfaff’s Saloon in New York during the 1850s.  Aside from a young, trailblazing poet named Walt Whitman, the group included pioneers in stand-up comedy and so-called “drug explorers.”  Guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan talks with Martin about this motley band of bohemians, their influence on American culture, and Whitman’s stint living in Camden, New Jersey.

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