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Leaves of Grass and Selected Poems and Prose (Penguin Drop Caps)

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From A to Z, the Penguin Drop Caps series collects 26 unique hardcovers—featuring cover art by Jessica Hische

It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet. In a design collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the series features unique cover art by Hische, a superstar in the world of type design and illustration, whose work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany and Co. to Wes Anderson's recent film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin's own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility. With exclusive designs that have never before appeared on Hische's hugely popular Daily Drop Cap blog, the Penguin Drop Caps series debuted with an 'A' for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a 'B' for Charlotte Brönte's Jane Eyre, and a 'C' for Willa Cather's My Ántonia. It continues with more perennial classics, perfect to give as elegant gifts or to showcase on your own shelves.

W is for Whitman.  When Walt Whitman self-published his Leaves of Grass in July 1855, he altered the course of literary history. One of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, it redefined the rules of poetry while describing the soul of the American character. Throughout his life, Whitman continuously revised, expanded, and republished Leaves of Grass, but the 1855 original marked Whitmans fresh and bold arrival, greeted by Ralph Waldo Emerson as “the beginning of a great career.”  This volume specially compiled for Penguin Drop Caps will also include a range of additional popular poems including selections from "Calamus," "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," and "Drum-Taps," as well as Whitmans 1855, 1856 and 1976 prefaces and “Democratic Vistas.”

Synopsis:

“I am large, I contain multitudes”

 

When Walt Whitman self-published his Leaves of Grass in July 1855, he altered the course of literary history. One of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, it redefined the rules of poetry while describing the soul of the American character. Throughout his great career, Whitman continuously revised, expanded, and republished Leaves of Grass, but many critics believe that the book that matters most is the 1855 original. Penguin Classics proudly presents that text in its original and complete form, with an introductory essay by the writer and poet Malcolm Cowley.

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,

And what I assume you shall assume,

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

 

Synopsis:

When Walt Whitman self-published Leaves of Grass in 1855 it was a slim volume of twelve poems and he was a journalist and poet from Long Island, little-known but full of ambition and poetic fire. To give a new voice to the new nation shaken by civil war, he spent his entire life revising and adding to the work, but his initial act of bravado in answering Ralph Waldo Emerson's call for a national poet has made Whitman the quintessential American writer. This rich cross-section of his work includes poems from throughout Whitman's lifetime as published on his deathbed edition of 1891, short stories, his prefaces to the many editions of Leaves of Grass, and a variety of prose selections, including Democratic Vistas, Specimen Days, and Slang in America.

About the Author

JESSICA HISCHE is a letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer. She currently serves on the Type Directors Club board of directors, has been named a Forbes Magazine "30 under 30" in art and design as well as an ADC Young Gun and one of Print Magazines "New Visual Artists". She has designed for Wes Anderson, McSweeney's, Tiffany and Co, Penguin Books and many others. She resides primarily in San Francisco, occasionally in Brooklyn.

Table of Contents

The Portable Walt Whitman Introduction

Poems From Leaves Of Grass

(dates indicate first book publication)

1855:

Song of Myself

A Song for Occupations

To Think of Time

The Sleepers

I Sing the Body Electric

Faces

There Was a Child Went Forth

Who Learns My Lesson Complete?

1856:

Unfolded Out of the Folds

Song of the Broad-Axe

To You

This Compost

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Song of the Open Road

A Woman Waits for Me

To a Foil'd European Revolutionaire

Spontaneous Me

A Song of the Rolling Earth

1860:

Starting from Paumanok

From Pent-up Aching Rivers

Me Imperturbe

I Hear America Singing

As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life

You Felons on Trial in Courts

The World below the Brine

I Sit and Look Out

All Is Truth

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking

Native Moments

Once I Pass'd through a Populous City

Once I Pass'd through a Populous City (draft version)

Facing West from California's Shores

As Adam Early in the Morning

Live Oak, with Moss

I. (Not Heat Flames up and Consumes)

II. (I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing)

III. (When I Heard at the Close of the Day)

IV. (This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful)

V. (Calamus 8: "Long I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me")

VI. (What Think You I Take My Pen in Hand?)

VII. (Recorders Ages Hence!)

VIII. (Calamus 9: "Hours continuing long, sore and heavy-hearted")

IX. (I Dreamed in a Dream)

X. (O You Whom I Often and Silently Come)

XI. (Earth! My Likeness)

XXI. (To a Western Boy)

Calamus:

In Paths Untrodden

Scented Herbage of My Breast

Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand

For You O Democracy

These I Singing in Spring

Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances

The Base of All Metaphysics (added 1871)

Are You the New Person Drawn toward Me?

Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone

Of Him I Love Day and Night

City of Orgies

To a Stranger

I Hear It Was Charged Against Me

We Two Boys Together Clinging

Here The Frailest Leaves of Me

A Glimpse

Sometimes with One I Love

Among the Multitude

That Shadow My Likeness

Full of Life Now

To Him That Was Crucified

To a Common Prostitute

To You

Mannahatta

A Hand-Mirror

Visor'd

As if a Phantom Caress'd Me

So Long!

1865-66:

Drum-Taps (1865) and Sequel to Drum-Taps (1865-66):

Shut Not Your Doors

Beat! Beat! Drums!

City of Ships

Cavalry Crossing a Ford

Bivouac on a Mountain Side

An Army Corps on the March (1865-66)

By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame

Come Up from the Fields Father

Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night

A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown

A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim

As Toilsome I Wander'd Virginia's Woods

The Wound-Dresser

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

A Farm Picture

Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun

To a Certain Civilian

Years of the Modern

Over the Carnage Rose Prophetic a Voice

As I Lay with My Head in Your Lap Camerado (1865-66)

Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd

I Saw Old General at Bay

Look Down Fair Moon

Reconciliation (1865-66)

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd (1865-66)

O Captain! My Captain! (1865-66)

Old War-Dreams (1865-66)

Chanting the Square Deific (1865-66)

I Heard You Solemn-Sweet Pipes of the Organ (1865-66)

1867:

One's Self I Sing

The Runner

When I Read the Book

1871:

Passage to India

Proud Music of the Storm

A Noiseless Patient Spider

The Last Invocation

On the Beach at Night

Sparkles from the Wheel

Gods

Joy, Shipmate, Joy!

Ethiopia Saluting the Colors

1872:

The Mystic Trumpeter

1876:

Prayer of Columbus

To a Locomotive in Winter

The Ox-Tamer

1881:

The Dalliance of the Eagles

A Clear Midnight

1888:

As I Sit Writing Here

Broadway

1891:

Unseen Buds

Good-bye My Fancy!

PROSE WRITINGS

"The Child's Champion"

Prefaces and Afterwords from Leaves of Grass:

Preface to "Leaves of Grass", 1855

Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "Leaves of Grass", 1856

Preface to "As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free," 1872

Preface to the Centennial Edition of "Leaves of Grass", 1876

"A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads," 1888

"Democratic Vistas"

From Specimen Days

"Slang in America"

Suggestions for Further Reading

Index of Titles and First Lines

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143107439
Author:
Whitman, Walt
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Whitman Walt
Author:
Warner, Michael
Author:
Hische, Jessica
Author:
Coviello, Peter M.
Author:
Bloom, Harold
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Drop Caps
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.13 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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“I am large, I contain multitudes”

 

When Walt Whitman self-published his Leaves of Grass in July 1855, he altered the course of literary history. One of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, it redefined the rules of poetry while describing the soul of the American character. Throughout his great career, Whitman continuously revised, expanded, and republished Leaves of Grass, but many critics believe that the book that matters most is the 1855 original. Penguin Classics proudly presents that text in its original and complete form, with an introductory essay by the writer and poet Malcolm Cowley.

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,

And what I assume you shall assume,

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

 

"Synopsis" by ,

When Walt Whitman self-published Leaves of Grass in 1855 it was a slim volume of twelve poems and he was a journalist and poet from Long Island, little-known but full of ambition and poetic fire. To give a new voice to the new nation shaken by civil war, he spent his entire life revising and adding to the work, but his initial act of bravado in answering Ralph Waldo Emerson's call for a national poet has made Whitman the quintessential American writer. This rich cross-section of his work includes poems from throughout Whitman's lifetime as published on his deathbed edition of 1891, short stories, his prefaces to the many editions of Leaves of Grass, and a variety of prose selections, including Democratic Vistas, Specimen Days, and Slang in America.

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