Leaves of Grass (Oxford World's Classics)

Leaves of Grass (Oxford World's Classics)

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by Walt Whitman
     
 

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Described by Emily Dickinson as "disgraceful" and by Emerson as "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America had yet contributed" to world literature, Leaves of Grass is more than a literary performance. In his departure from the rules of conventional poetry, his breaking down of the metered line, and his discarding of the obligatorySee more details below

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Described by Emily Dickinson as "disgraceful" and by Emerson as "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America had yet contributed" to world literature, Leaves of Grass is more than a literary performance. In his departure from the rules of conventional poetry, his breaking down of the metered line, and his discarding of the obligatory rhyme-scheme, Whitman captures the vigorous spirit of the whole American nation. This edition reproduces the 1891-2 text and includes Whitman's preface to the 1855 edition, as well as Emerson's famous letter of 1855, greeting Whitman "at the beginning of a great career."

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"Its convenience is outstanding and can easily fit into a coat pocket. Yet the print is civilized and the accompanying editorial and biographical material, first-rate. I plan to use it and to recommentd it."—David Baldwin, Hartwick College

"Introduction in a valuable critical contribution."—Cameron Nickels, James Madison University

"I have used several of the Oxford World's Classics in my courses, and I like them very much. They are well edited, but equally important, they are pleasant books to hold and read, more so than Penguin and Signet. When I have a choice, I go for the Oxford World's Classics."—Kelley Griffith, University of North Carolina

"Very nice reprint. The introduction is well written and informative."—Jeff Cupp, Troy State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192834096
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1998
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description:
Oxford World Clancy Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 4.80(h) x 1.30(d)

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Malcolm Cowley
Whitman's best poems have that permanent quality of being freshly painted, of not being dulled by the varnish of the years. Reading them a century after their publication, one feels the same shock and wonder and delight that Emerson felt when opening his presentation copy of the first edition. They carry us into a new world that Whitman discovered as if this very morning... After reading all of Leaves of Grass as Whitman wished it to be preserved and after being won over by what I think is the best of it... I am willing to join the consensus that regards him as our most rewarding poet.

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