Inspirational Writings

May 23, 2018

To the Editor:

I very much appreciated the essay by John Imperiale (“Balancing Act: Individual Rights Versus the Rules of a Majority,” 5/16) that mentioned three 19th century American writers whose work I read often for the inspiration they offer us, especially Walt Whitman, whose 200th birthday will be celebrated in 2019.

And yes, I agree that many people, alas, have little knowledge of the words and thoughts of these men, or how their essays and poems can help them to appreciate life, beauty, nature and the environment, as well as the freedom they enjoy and must also cherish and protect.

Richard Orlando

Westmount, Quebec



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