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Nicholas Ward

Leaves of Grass

Artist: Nicholas Ward

Banned/Challenged Book: Leaves of Grass

Reason for Banning: Book contains homoerotic overtones and obscene sexuality

Excerpt from Artist’s Statement: In tune with the inclusiveness and selflessness of Leaves of Grass I have created Whitman’s image not as an individual but as a collection of identities throughout time concentrated into a single form. Another very specific element of this image is the small sleeping soldier on Whitman’s right arm. Whitman was one of the first male military nurses serving in the Civil War. He was in his life and remains so through his literary works, a caretaker.

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