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Leaves of Grass (three separate editions)

Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (150th Anniversary Edition) (Hardcover) by Walt Whitman (Author), David S. Reynolds (Editor), Leaves of Grass, 1860: The 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition (Iowa Whitman Series) [FACSIMILE] (Paperback) by Walt Whitman (Author), Jason Stacy (Editor), & Leaves of Grass: The "Death-Bed" Edition (Modern Library Classics) by Walt Whitman (Author)

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Summary

From the Publisher of the Bantam Classics Edition

One of the great innovative figures in American letters, Walt Whitman created a daringly new kind of poetry that became a major force in world literature. Leaves Of Grass is his one book. First published in 1855 with only twelve poems, it was greeted by Ralph Waldo Emerson as "the wonderful gift . . . the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed." Over the course of Whitman's life, the book reappeared in many versions, expanded and transformed as the author's experiences and the nation's history changed and grew. Whitman's ambition was to creates something uniquely American. In that he succeeded. His poems have been woven into the very fabric of the American character. From his solemn masterpieces "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" to the joyous freedom of "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "Song of the Open Road," Whitman's work lives on, an inspiration to the poets of later generations.-This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Contemporary Reviews

Review of the first edition of Leaves of Grass from the September 1855 issue of Putnam's Monthly Magazine of American Literature, Science, and Art

Review of the first edition of Leaves of Grass from the January 1856 issue of The North American Review

Review of later edition from the January 1882 issue of The Atlantic Monthly


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