Ed Folsom, Whitman Archive co-director, is the Carver Professor of English at The University of Iowa. Since 1983, he has served as Editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review . He directed “Walt Whitman: The Centennial Project,” which was funded by the NEH and the Iowa Humanities Board. He is the editor of Walt Whitman: The Centennial Essays (Iowa, 1994); co-editor of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (Holy Cow!, 1981, rev. ed., 1997) and Walt Whitman and the World (Iowa, 1996); and author of Walt Whitman’s Native Representations (Cambridge, 1994). He co-authored with Kenneth Price Re-Scripting Walt Whitman: An Introduction to His Life and Work (Blackwell, 2005) and co-edited Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays (Nebraska, 2007).
After the war, whilst studying in England, Lee campaigned for a friend named David Widdicombe, who was in the Labour Party . He drove Widdicombe around in a lorry and delivered several speeches on his behalf. Widdicombe lost the election in 1950, but went on to become members of the Inner Temple with Lee.  After seeing how the British had failed to defend Singapore from the Japanese, and after his stay in England, Lee decided that Singapore had to govern itself. He returned to Singapore in 1949.   He also decided to omit his English name, Harry, and simply be known as Lee Kuan Yew,  although until the end of his life, old comrades and English friends would still refer to him as Harry Lee.