Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass / Edition 150

Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass / Edition 150

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ISBN-10: 0195183428

ISBN-13: 9780195183429

Pub. Date: 04/15/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

As featured in AMC's Breaking Bad, given by Gale Boetticher to Walter White and discovered by Hank Schrader.

"I celebrate myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease....observing a spear of summer grass."

So begins Leaves of

Overview

As featured in AMC's Breaking Bad, given by Gale Boetticher to Walter White and discovered by Hank Schrader.

"I celebrate myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease....observing a spear of summer grass."

So begins Leaves of Grass, the first great American poem and indeed, to this day, the greatest and most essentially American poem in all our national literature.

The publication of Leaves of Grass in July 1855 was a landmark event in literary history. Ralph Waldo Emerson judged the book "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed." Nothing like the volume had ever appeared before. Everything about it—the unusual jacket and title page, the exuberant preface, the twelve free-flowing, untitled poems embracing every realm of experience—was new. The 1855 edition broke new ground in its relaxed style, which prefigured free verse; in its sexual candor; in its images of racial bonding and democratic togetherness; and in the intensity of its affirmation of the sanctity of the physical world.

This Anniversary Edition captures the typeface, design and layout of the original edition supervised by Whitman himself. Today's readers get a sense of the "ur-text" of Leaves of Grass, the first version of this historic volume, before Whitman made many revisions of both format and style. The volume also boasts an afterword by Whitman authority David Reynolds, in which he discusses the 1855 edition in its social and cultural contexts: its background, its reception, and its contributions to literary history. There is also an appendix containing the early responses to the volume, including Emerson's letter, Whitman's three self-reviews, and the twenty other known reviews published in various newspapers and magazines.

This special volume will be a must-have keepsake for fans of Whitman and lovers of American poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195183429
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2005
Edition description:
150th Anniversary Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
98,179
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Leaves of Grassvii
Afterword85
Reviews of the 1855 Edition of Leaves of Grass107
Ralph Waldo Emerson's Letter to Walt Whitman161
Walt Whitman's Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson161

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Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ARusso64 More than 1 year ago
WW is my star, my perfect silence.
Jordan_Hal More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In our tubulent times, it is great to reflect on Whitman's poetry written during the Civil War. Truly an insight for his and this generation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the picture I thought the book was leather bound but its just the slip cover that looks like that. Only after receiving the book did I realize that its an anniversary edition of precisely what was published in the first edition, meaning the complete works of Walt Whitman are not in this book. I would recommend this for those who want to know more about the man and his work because of the original reviews and letters included. This is not for someone who wants all of Walt's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The contents are what you'd expect; however, the images I saw online led me to think the book had an embossed cover like the original edition. Instead, it is just a dust jacket with a facsimile of the original cover.
david_teems More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected at all from the online image. Feel conned and will return promptly. Love the content, but a cheap paperback with the 1855 edition can give me that. 
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Sad_Santa More than 1 year ago
I ordered a book on Dec.15,2008 thru Eurobooks for my son for Christmas. He would have loved this book - if he had ever gotten it. They supposedly ship from 30 minutes from where I live. Order status says it shipped same day - so I can't cancel the order. I got orders from 2000 miles away which I ordered a day later. It's been 15 days, no book, and no response to my emails, on Dec 23rd, 27th, or 30th. They have my money. B&N hasn't responded to my emails either, except to say they got them.

B&N finally responded with a flimsy excuse - no help until after January 6, 2009. Maybe I'll get the order in time for my sons birthday in 6 months.
Sorry about the rating - not for the book. ZERO stars for EuroBooks!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
read title...enough said. if you have the audacity to read this, you are the most pathetic person i have ever heard of. burn this book.