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Walt Whitman was a passionate interest of the bookshop's founder Frank Shay. In 1920, he published the first book-length bibliography of the poet's infamously troublesome publishing history. Many of his friends were likewise fans of the poet, who had died in 1892. It is not surprising that Whitman was popular among Villagers; his democratic ideals, free verse, open sexuality and bardic tone are all in line with the perspectives of Bohemians of this and later generations.
Selected pages from an edition of Whitman's Leaves of Grass inscribed from Frank Shay to Christopher Morley, 1920