Walt Whitman’s Franklin Evans is reviewed in The Village Voice. Author Michael Feingold writes: "[T]hough a disaster as a novel, Franklin Evans fascinates as a document of its time, revealing much about both 1840s America and its not-yet-great author." Feingold also notes, "Even more interesting, though never overtly expressed, is its
homoerotic tone. Its women are obstacles, vixens, or victims; the male
characters, though just as vaguely described, tend to get far more
favorable phrases lavished on them before they drift out of sight."