|Compare the image of Walt Whitman to an early cover picture of "Dracula." Note similarity of beard, nose, and eyes.|
Bram Stoker said that Walt Whitman was as "father, and brother and wife to his soul!" The two had many years of correspondence and Stoker crossed the Atlantic to see him. According to author Barbara Belford in "Bram Stoker (Page 46) "Whitman's influence on Dracula was profound. As Stoker had written, Whitman was "'father...to his soul,' an image reflecting a strange puzzle, particularly since the vampire at times resembles Whitman. Each has long white hair, a heavy moustache, great height and strength, and a leonine bearing. Whitman's poetry celebrates the voluptuousness of death and the deathlike quality of love. Particularly evocative is Whitman's poem 'Trickle Drops.'"
|Blood Poetry by Walt Whitman
Trickle drops! my blue veins leaving!
In regard to the above poem, Barbara Belford said, "Similar images vividly explode in Dracula..."
There is something else about Walt Whitman that is significant. He is the father of gay culture. Below are some quotes by Perry Brass about Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde. Whitman is called the "Father" of gay culture. This culture is sometimes called the "Culture of Death."
"Their influence on us is as prevalent and intertwining, through rarely
overlapping, as the double helix strands that make up DNA. In fact, they are our
DNA. As forbears to a perceivable culture, they are the great mysteries,
monuments, and shadows of our lives."
"All of what we call, at the present, 'gay culture,' that is, the culture, postures, public attitudes and perceptions of gay men-and, to a certain degree, lesbians as well-has sprung from two sources, two fonts, certainly, and both of these sources have last names that begin with the letter 'W.'"
"Whitman was our father, as Wilde was the magician who produced the magic act in which he, more than anyone, disappeared." (Walt Whitman & Oscar Wilde: Fountainheads of Gay Culture By Perry Brass http://gaytoday.com/garchive/people/010702pe.htm)
The book Dracula is of course full of homoerotic themes. Themes that came from Walt Whitman.
After meeting Walt Whitman, Stoker said he was a "Master amongst men, and called him "...the Master." Stoker biographer Barbara Belford said in regard to this title, "...Master, one that Renfield uses for Dracula."
Dracula was in some ways symbolic for the effect that "The Master" Walt Whitman had on people and society at the time.
|Bram Stoker did not base Dracula on Vlad the Impaler. Dracula had had long white hair. See above picture of Whitman, then compare to Vlad.|
A little known fact is that Walt Whitman is a "Ketcham",
as in "John Ketcham" in the Amityville Horror legend. He is descended from Sarah
Ketchum, note the difference in spelling. Whitman was often to Amityville. The
Whitman's were Hicksite Quakers as was John Ketcham. The Hicksite meeting house
was in nearby Jericho and according to Gay Wilson Allen, Elias Hicks of Jericho
was "a lifelong friend of the Whitman's." (The Solitary Singer,
P. 7) Elias Hicks questioned the that Jesus was divine and the authority
of Holy Scripture. One of the leaders of the Spiritist movement was a member of
the Jericho Hicksite meeting house and his name was Isaac Post. He and John
Ketcham believed that people should communicate with the dead. It was in this
atmosphere that Walt Whitman was raised in.
"Mr. Stoker told me that Van Helsing is founded on a real character." - Jane Stoddard, 1897
|On the left is a picture of Van Helsing. On the right is
author Robert Roosevelt. There are striking similarities between the two.
They are both Dutch, scientists, have a reputation of kindliness, "bushy
brows," etc. Robert Roosevelt also lived in Holland while an
ambassador in the 1880s-90s. (bioguide.congress.gov/ scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000428
Robert Roosevelt was friends with Oscar Wilde, who was a guest at his home in Sayville. Wilde, Stoker, Whitman and Roosevelt were in the same "crowd."
EDITORIAL: The character "Dracula" represented Walt Whitman. Dracula was the seducer who through stealth seduced the weak, ignorant and evil to his side. Dracula's aim was to take society with his erotic ways. This is what Walt Whitman was doing with his poetry. The person that stood in the way of Dracula was Van Helsing that represented what was good and decent. The people at the turn of the century that most represented what was good and decent were the Long Island Roosevelts, especially President Theodore Roosevelt. Long Island's Walt Whitman represented everything that was evil and indecent because he was a proponent of the ungodly. What Walt Whitman started turned into a worldwide movement. At the time the people who most strongly stood in his way were the Long Island Roosevelts.
Congressman Robert Roosevelt was an author and friend of Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde, like Bram Stoker, considered Walt Whitman the greatest writer. Bram Stoker was even invited to the White House by Theodore Roosevlt. (education.yahoo.com/homework_help/ cliffsnotes/dracula/1.html )Although they were on opposite poles, in many ways the Roosevelts were similar to the Wilde/Whitman group. Both groups were intellectuals and avid writers. Robert Roosevelt was an early naturalist and was the person that influenced Theodore to become a conservationist. Compare to how Dracula is similar/opposite to Van Helsing, then compare how Whitman is similar/opposite to Robert Roosevelt.
An example of how the Roosevelts stood in the way of the movement that Whitman started, Theodore's son Archibald started the Veritas Society which was an organization that fought against America's decline. One of their books was entitled "The Great Deceit" about how the country was going downhill because of leftists. Archibald Roosevelt set up the headquarters for this organization in West Sayville, New York.
Although the Roosevelts did not agree with Oscar Wilde and friends on the way society should go, they were people that they could get along in a social context. The Dutch on Long Island were considered to be very conservative, which was 180 degrees from where the Jericho Hicksites were.
|President Roosevelt, like all Roosevelts, never to bowed down to Walt Whitman.|
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Sarah Ketchum (F) - Granddaughter of Catchm
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Sarah Ketchum was the daughter of Edward Ketchum and Sarah Salmon. Sarah Ketchum was born circa 1640 at Hashamommock, Southold, Suffolk County, New York. Sarah Ketchum was born in 1639. Sarah Ketchum was born circa 1642 at Stratford, Fairfield County, Connecticut. She married Joseph Whitman circa 1660 at Huntington, Suffolk County, New York. Ketcham was just a different spelling of the same name in the same family. Also spelt Catchm.
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