On his computer screen, UH grad student Zachary Turpin saw a small ad in an 1852 newspaper. The ad promised "A Rich Revelation": A six-installment piece of fiction called "Life and Adventures of Jack Engle" was coming soon to the Sunday Dispatch, a three-penny weekly published in Manhattan.
The short novel, like the newspaper that published it, was all but lost to the ages. But the author, Turpin believed, was Walt Whitman, one of America's best-known and most beloved poets.
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