Synopses & Reviews
Following the texts is an album of portraits of Whitman, as well as "Whitman on His Art," a collection of Whitman's statements about his role as a poet taken from his notebooks, letters, conversations, and newspaper articles. While continuing to provide leading commentary on Whitman by major twentieth-century poets and critics, among them D. H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, and Randall Jarrell, this revised edition adds important commentary by Whitman contemporaries Henry David Thoreau, Fanny Fern, Henry James, and Oscar Wilde, among others. An entirely new section of recent criticism includes six essays--by David S. Reynolds, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, John Irwin, Allen Grossman, Betsy Erkkila, and Michael Moon--that reflect both the continuing historicist mainstream of Whitman literary interpretation and influential recent work in gender and sexuality studies. The volume also includes a Chronology, a Selected Bibliography, and an Index of Titles.
'The new text inclusions are \"Live Oak, with Moss\" and prose selections from Democratic Vistasand Specimen Days. Throughout, the explanatory annotations have been revised and expanded.
\"Whitman on His Art\" presents a collection ofWhitman\'s statements about his role as a poet taken from his notebooks, letters, conversations, and newspaper articles.
\"Criticism\" collects eighteen essays, eleven of them new to this edition, including those by Fanny Fern, Henry David Thoreau, Anne Gilchrist, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, David S. Reynolds, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Michael Moon, John Irwin, Allen Grossman, and Betsy Erkkila.
A Chronology, a Selected Bibliography, and an Index of Titles are included.'
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 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 , as well as generous excerpts from Whitman's two prose masterpieces, and .
This edition is based on the venerable Norton Critical Edition of Leaves of Grass(1973), edited by the late Scully Bradley and Harold Blodgett.
About the Author
Sculley Bradley, who was Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Pennsylvania, edited with Gay Wilson Allen The Collected Writings of Walt Whitman. He was editor, with Richmond Croom Beatty and E. Hudson Long, of Norton Critical Editions of The Scarlet Letter and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Harold W. Blodgett, Professor Emeritus of English at Union College, retired as chairman in 1965. The recipient of many awards, he was honored with the Guggenheim Award for Whitman Studies in 1955. Among his works are five books on Whitman.