zugeschrieben: * "Scheiße!" - Letzte Worte, nachdem er seine Aufzeichnungen mit seinen letzten Worten, welche er sich bereitgelegt hatte, nicht mehr fand.
>>Quite appropriately his dying word was le mot de Cambronne<< James Huneker: Ivory Apes and Peacocks. A Visit to Walt Whitman http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31017/31017-h/31017-h.htm
>>The last word heard from him was "shift."
It was after this I came in, at 6:07. Hearing the front door open, Harned came from W.'s room and met me in the hallway. "Walt is dying," he said, "it is nearly over."<< Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden Vol. 9 http://www.whitmanarchive.org/criticism/disciples/traubel/WWWiC/9/whole.html
>>Emory Holloway states that, according to Whitman's nurse Elizabeth Keller, his last words were "Warry, shift," as he asked his male nurse to change his position on the bed ("Whitman's Last Words," American Literature 24 [November 1952],367). H. L. Mencken, graphically describing Huneker's variegated talk, refers to his quoting the "authentic last words of Whitman, gasped into poor Horace Traubel's solicitous ear, and too horrible, almost, to be remembered in a Christian land" ("Introduction," Essays by James Huneker [New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1929], xiv). As for Whitman's use of the word "shit," one might adduce Ellen O'Connor Calder's statement that "no man ever lived who loathed coarseness and vulgarity in speech more than he" (quoted in David S. Reynolds, Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography [New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995], 203). On the other hand, Traubel does record Whitman using the word.<< Arnold T. Schwab http://ir.uiowa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1761&context=wwqr&sei-redir=1#search="walt+whitman+last+words" --Vsop.de 10:06, 18. Mär. 2011 (CET)