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From the Publisher"...Their Re-Scripting Walt Whitman is far more than anintroductory guide to the poet's life and work. Folsom and Pricehave produced an incisive, gracefully written book that offers animportant new approach to Leaves of Grass ... The result isa book valuable for whoever, novice or expert, undertakes to holdWalt Whitman in hand."
Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, Volume Twenty-Three,Numbers Three/Four, Winter/Spring 2006
“Drawing on their extensive experience with electronicediting, more specifically, their work with the Walt WhitmanArchive, Ed Folsom and Ken Price reconstruct the details of thepoet's life and thread through that life the complex butfascinating story of Whitman's evolving master-piece, Leaves ofGrass. By emphasizing the manuscript origins of the poetry, Folsomand Price reveal that just about everything we thought we knewabout this much-discussed writer and his work is subject torevision. At nearly every turn, Re-Scripting Walt Whitman seems toproclaim, ‘Allons! the road is before us!’ ”Donald D. Kummings, Co-editor, Walt Whitman: AnEncyclopedia
“Whitman is America’s ever-fluid text. Thorough,concise, and engagingly written, Re-scripting Walt Whitmanilluminates the life and works — the poet’s sexuality,politics, and ceaseless growth — with an important newemphasis on manuscripts, revision, and the innovative onlineWhitman Archive that will startle general readers and literaryscholars alike.” John Bryant, Hofstra University
"A splendid primer to the complexities of Whitman's prose andverse. Folsom and Price expertly trace the evolution of Whitman'scareer and the gradual growth of Leaves of Grass. Scholars no lessthan novices will be inspired to read Whitman with fresh insight."Gary F. Scharnhorst, University of New Mexico
“Re-Scripting Walt Whitman accomplishes twosignificant tasks at once. It ties Whitman's poetry to his life ina clear, down-to-earth narrative of biographical detail andliterary accomplishment. And it breaks new ground in its portrayalof Whitman as a working poet, one who knew his way around aprint shop and based his radical innovations on an intimateknowledge of type, print, ink, and bookmaking. Drawing on their ownexperience in constructing a new electronic Whitman archive, EdFolsom and Kenneth Price provide unique lessons in reading theactual materiality of Whitman's poems as the first step towardgrasping their meanings.” Alan Trachtenberg, YaleUniversity