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Walt Whitman Is Not Impressed By Your Expensive Gym Membership

Fitness advice from the famous author’s 1858 manifesto.
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Who needs Tracy Anderson? In 1858, two years before publishing his landmark third edition of Leaves of Grass, the American poet Walt Whitman wrote a series of newspaper columns under the pseudonym Mose Velsor on the subject of “Manly Health and Training.”

The articles sat in library archives until 2015, when University of Houston doctoral candidate Zachary Turpin discovered them on microfilm, and, a year later, the entire run was republished in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review at the University of Iowa. Later that year, Regan Arts published it again with illustrations in a handsome book.