Adam Bradford

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Adam Bradford received his PhD from the University of Iowa and teaches courses in early American literature. He has published several scholarly articles and a monograph: Communities of Death: Whitman, Poe and the American Culture of  Mourning (University of Missouri Press, 2014).  This book investigates the social rituals and practices of mourning that influenced literary production in 19th century America – rituals and practices that also bind the sentimental poetry of women writers such as Lydia Sigourney and Harriet Gould to that of Walt Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe.  He is currently researching a project that focuses on Walt Whitman's influence on late 19th century Irish literature.