Leaves of Grass: The Complete 1855 and 1891-92 Editions

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In 1855, a small volume appeared, self-published by a failed Brooklyn journalist and carpenter: twelve untitled poems and a preface announcing the author's aims. A commercial failure, this book was the first stage of a massive, lifelong enterprise. Six editions and thirty-seven years later, Leaves of Grass had been recognized as one of the central masterworks of world poetry. This Library of America Paperback Classic includes two complete texts: the 1855 first edition and the ...

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Overview

In 1855, a small volume appeared, self-published by a failed Brooklyn journalist and carpenter: twelve untitled poems and a preface announcing the author's aims. A commercial failure, this book was the first stage of a massive, lifelong enterprise. Six editions and thirty-seven years later, Leaves of Grass had been recognized as one of the central masterworks of world poetry. This Library of America Paperback Classic includes two complete texts: the 1855 first edition and the magnificent culminating edition of 1891-1892.
For almost thirty years, The Library of America has presented America's best and most significant writing in acclaimed hardcover editions. Now, a new series, Library of America Paperback Classics, offers attractive and affordable books that bring The Library of America's authoritative texts within easy reach of every reader. Each book features an introductory essay by one of a leading writer, as well as a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the choice and history of the text, and notes.
The contents of this Paperback Classic are drawn from Walt Whitman: Poetry and Prose, edited by Justin Kaplan, volume #3 in the Library of America series.

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"Whitman should be kicked from all decent society as below the level of a brute."
-The Intelligencer, 1855

"The greatest of our poets . . . the American bard, our Homer and our Milton."
-Harold Bloom, 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598530971
  • Publisher: Library of America, The
  • Publication date: 1/20/2011
  • Pages: 757
  • Sales rank: 437,457
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was born on Long Island and educated in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a printer's devil, journeyman compositor, itinerant schoolteacher, editor, and unofficial nurse to Northern and Southern soldiers.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    Dont buy this

    This book is not formatted at all. Each poem is one long paragraph, and there are not even extra returns after each poem; they all run together. It may not cost much, but it's still a waste of money.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Amazing

    This had basically all of his works. He is a great writer.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

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    Overshadowed by Whitman's Eccentric Persona

    Walt Whitman is one of those people whose public image or persona has quite overshadowed his work, and for good reason--his work does not fully live up to his reputation as America's national poet. Granted, a minority of Whitman's work is brilliant in every respect (Drum-Taps and In Memory of President Lincoln come to mind), and his remarkably original style has changed the nature of free verse poetry forever, but much of his material is, well, simply average. On occasion he verges on rambling, stuck somewhere between Emerson/Thoreau and Tolstoy, trying to formulate a coherent philosophy but all the while attempting to believe in everything--thus believing in nothing. At times, his laid-back "acceptance for all" theory borders on contradictory. This is disappointing in light of his best work, which demonstrates his firm grasp of Life and Humanity. If you like Whitman's cadence verse style, as I do, I recommend Allen Ginsberg and Carl Sandburg--the later of whom, in my opinion, blows Whitman out of the water.

    3 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    This is an Awesome Collection

    This is an awesome collection to have in one's own library.

    Everyone should own Whitman works, along with Ohio Blue Tips by Jeanne E. Clark, The Photos In The Closet by Daniel E. Lopez, and works by Alison Townsend.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    -THE BEST OF THE BEST!-

    Walt started it all and still continues to show his relevance with every passing decade. A life time poet who will always have my heart!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Highly recommended. I wish you weirdos who

    Get off on wasting space here communicating with each other would do us all a favor. Get a job. Get a life. Get an education. You all sound like a bunch of losers.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Amy

    So r u all like brothers or wht :)

    1 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Alesh

    He yells NO STUPID GATORS GO BUCK EYES

    1 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Brandon

    Hot babe in the house im brandon.

    1 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Damion

    Damion-they football game is on.

    1 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Alesh

    No dude the gators should be the weeners. He cracks up laughing.

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Hunter

    He laughs at brandon and falls off the couch-Hunter.

    1 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    recommended for poetry lovers

    while the formatting is awful it doesn't necessarily detract from the outstanding poetry that Walt W. has left us to ponder and love!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

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    Phenomenal!

    Karen Karbiener was my professor at Columbia and taught the American Literature class, Walt Whitman. Karen was by far the best professor I had and will never forget this class and this book! The book is profoundly educational and tremendously stimulating!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2009

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    This is an Awesome Collection

    This is an awesome collection to have in one's own library.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Enjoyable

    Very nice reading when time permits me to think upon the common events of life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Cocoa POST YOU LITTLE BI<_>TCH

    She giggles at hid blushing. "Aww.. but, cmon. It sounded serious. How could you forget?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Zack [post.]

    "Because I have a killer headache and i'm really stressed and my back aches." He sighs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    He speaks in tongues....a must have!

    Confusing at first....but if you understand the life of vocabulary or hav a dictionary in handy yiure good to go....overall this book is five star worthy.

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