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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.

Synopsis:

Presents the major literary works of America's poet of democracy including: "Song of Myself," "Starting from Paumanok," "Children of Adam," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Song of the Open Road," and "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking." Reissue.

Synopsis:

This revised Norton Critical Edition contains the most complete and authoritative collection of Whitman's work available in a paperback student edition. The text of Leaves of Grass is again that of the indispensable "Reader's Comprehensive Edition," edited by Sculley Bradley and Harold W. Blodgett, which is accompanied by revised and expanded explanatory annotations. New to this edition is the full text of the celebrated 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass, as well as generous excerpts from Whitman's two prose masterpieces, Democratic Vistas and Specimen Days.

Table of Contents

Inscriptions--Children of Adam--Calamus--Birds of passage.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780553900767
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Subject:
Classics
Author:
Whitman Walt
Author:
Whitman Walt
Author:
Kaplan, Justin
Subject:
Fiction-Classics
Subject:
Fiction : Classics
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19830601
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
470

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
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Leaves of Grass
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Product details 470 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780553900767 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Presents the major literary works of America's poet of democracy including: "Song of Myself," "Starting from Paumanok," "Children of Adam," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Song of the Open Road," and "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking." Reissue.
"Synopsis" by , This revised Norton Critical Edition contains the most complete and authoritative collection of Whitman's work available in a paperback student edition. The text of Leaves of Grass is again that of the indispensable "Reader's Comprehensive Edition," edited by Sculley Bradley and Harold W. Blodgett, which is accompanied by revised and expanded explanatory annotations. New to this edition is the full text of the celebrated 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass, as well as generous excerpts from Whitman's two prose masterpieces, Democratic Vistas and Specimen Days.
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