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After Melville and Whitman: Contemporary Responses to the Civil War

Herman Melville and Walt Whitman both hold a place in the canon of American literature. Their works greatly inspired artists then and now. Their subjects were not always directly about the Civil War, but the upheaval of their subject matter and their writing style have been associated with the national unease which tore apart the nation and turned “brother against brother.” 

This exhibit was originally shown in the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery 2nd floor cases April 9 - July 5, 2013. The exhibit was arranged in conjunction with the GW English Department's conference "Melville and Whitman in Washington: The Civil War Years and After" June 4-7, 2013.

Header: Matt Kish, #494: "A touch, and Starbuck may survive to hug his wife and child again..." (detail), 12/16/2010, acrylic paint and ink on found paper, 10-3/4" x 7-3/4". Courtesy The Melville Society.