As far as those of us at the Fin de Siecle “headquarters” are concerned, Walt Whitman was one of the most magnificent individuals to have graced the 19th century. We like to refer to him as “The Great Loafer.” This is, of course, intended as a term of endearment. Unlike the common connotation, “loafer: (n.) a lazy bum,” we prefer to think of him as a connoisseur of the laid-back pleasures of life. And here he is, in his old age, still looking languid and oh-so-wise.
Image Title: [Walt Whitman in Camden, New Jersey, 1891.]
Created Date: 1891
(via: NYPL Digital Gallery)