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Leaves of Grass (Bantam Classics)

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About the Author

Before the age of thirty-six there was no sign that Walt Whitman would become even a minor literary figure, let alone the major poetic voice of an emerging America. Born in 1819 on Long Island, he was the second son of a carpenter and contractor. His formal schooling ended at age eleven, when he was apprenticed to a printer in Brooklyn. He became a journeyman printer in 1835 and spent the next two decades as a printer, free-lance writer, and editor in New York. In 1855, at his own expense, he published the twelve long poems, without titles, that make up the first edition of Leaves of Grass. The book, with its unprecedented mixture of the mystical and the earthy, was received with puzzlement or silence, except by America's most distinguished writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Whitman lost no time in preparing a second edition, adding "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" and nineteen other new poems in 1856. With the third edition (1860), the book had tripled in size. Whitman would go on adding to it and revising it for the rest of his life. Whitman's poetry slowly achieved a wide readership in America and in England. He was praised by Swinburne and Tennyson, and visited by Oscar Wilde. He suffered a stroke in 1873 and spent the remainder of his life in Camden, New Jersey. His final edition of Leaves of Grass appeared in 1892, the year of his death.

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction vii

Facsimile Frontispiece 2

Facsimile Title Page 3

Whitman's Introduction 5

Song of Myself 25

A Song for Occupations 87

To Think of Time 98

The Sleepers 105

I Sing the Body Electric 116

Faces 124

Song of the Answerer 129

Europe: The 72d and 73d Years of These States 133

A Boston Ballad 135

There Was a Child Went Forth 138

Who Learns My Lesson Complete 140

Great Are the Myths 142

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553211160
Author:
Whitman, Walt
Author:
Kaplan, Justin
Author:
Whitman Walt
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Location:
Toronto ;
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1892 ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Bantam Classics
Series Volume:
23
Publication Date:
19830631
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
7.30x4.46x1.16 in. .55 lbs.

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