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Leaves of Grass (Paperback)
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Leaves of Grass (Paperback)

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Paperback 654 Pages / Published: 30/11/2013
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Walt Whitman, an American poet, essayist, and journalist, wrote of his own work that it was -an attempt to put a person, a human being (myself, in the latter half of the nineteenth century, in America) freely, fully, and truly on record.- Whitman was a humanist, combining both the perspectives of transcendentalism and realism into his poetry. Much of his work focuses on democracy, equality, and brotherhood. Additionally, Whitman's poetry is infused with spirituality, which he believed was strongly influenced by physical contact, lending hints of eroticism throughout Leaves of Grass.

The first edition of this classic collection of poetry appeared in 1855 and was written as an attempt to reach the common man with an American epic. Due to constant critical attention from poet John Greenleaf Whittier, author and abolitionist Thomas Wentworth Higginson, poet and critic Rufus Wilmot Griswold, Boston district attorney Oliver Stevens, and writer and critic William Michael Rossetti, Whitman continuously expanded and revised the work until his death in 1892.

Here, Leaves of Grass is presented in two volumes of Whitman's signature free-verse poetry celebrating America, nature, the common man, and spirituality. Volume 1 includes one of his most-loved poems, -Song of Myself, - which is revered for representing Whitman's larger poetic vision. Volume 2 begins with -Drum-Taps, - a chronicle of the bloody American Civil War, which had a lasting influence on Whitman's life and work. These two volumes are integral to poetry libraries and will be enjoyed by those who love poetry and Americana.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412852418
Number of pages: 654
Edition: Large type / large print edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

"[T]he greatest poetry by an American."

--Robert D. Faner, American Literature

"Everything about the external arrangement of this book was odd and out of the way. The author printed it himself, and it seems to have been left to the winds of heaven to publish it. So it happened that we had not discovered it before our last number, although we believe the sheets had then passed the press. It bears no publisher's name, and, if the reader goes to a bookstore for it, he may expect to be told at first, as we were, that there is no such book, and has not been. Nevertheless, there is such a book, and it is well worth going twice to the bookstore to buy it."

--The North American Review

"I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of Leaves of Grass. I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, from a letter to Whitman, 1855


"[T]he greatest poetry by an American."

--Robert D. Faner, American Literature

"Everything about the external arrangement of this book was odd and out of the way. The author printed it himself, and it seems to have been left to the winds of heaven to publish it. So it happened that we had not discovered it before our last number, although we believe the sheets had then passed the press. It bears no publisher's name, and, if the reader goes to a bookstore for it, he may expect to be told at first, as we were, that there is no such book, and has not been. Nevertheless, there is such a book, and it is well worth going twice to the bookstore to buy it."

--The North American Review

"I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of Leaves of Grass. I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, from a letter to Whitman, 1855


-[T]he greatest poetry by an American.-

--Robert D. Faner, American Literature

-Everything about the external arrangement of this book was odd and out of the way. The author printed it himself, and it seems to have been left to the winds of heaven to publish it. So it happened that we had not discovered it before our last number, although we believe the sheets had then passed the press. It bears no publisher's name, and, if the reader goes to a bookstore for it, he may expect to be told at first, as we were, that there is no such book, and has not been. Nevertheless, there is such a book, and it is well worth going twice to the bookstore to buy it.-

--The North American Review

-I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of Leaves of Grass. I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed.-

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, from a letter to Whitman, 1855

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“What a man!”

An American classic but very relevant today.
I bought it for my son of 13. He will have his life to read it, enjoy it and learn to live a better life from it.
To read!

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26th February 2016
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