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The 19th-Century Fitness Guide Every Man Should Read

April 2017Words by Mr Dan Rookwood

Illustration by Mr Matthew Allen from Walt Whitman’s Guide To Manly Health And Training, 2017. Courtesy of Ten Speed Press

Back in 1858, the famed American poet Mr Walt Whitman penned a series of newspaper columns – pithily entitled “Manly Health And Training, With Off-Hand Hints Towards Their Conditions” – for the rather obscure publication The New York Atlas under the pseudonym Mr Mose Velsor. No-one knew who the real author of this 47,000-word series was for more than 150 years. Upon discovery, an illustrated compilation of the best of Mr Whitman’s wit and wisdom on the subjects of diet, exercise, grooming, alcohol, dancing and sport has been assembled into an eminently giftable book.

Mr Walt Whitman, c. 1860-1865. Photograph by Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC

MR WALT WHITMAN