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Overview

New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Medal–winning Brian Selznick illustrates Walt Whitman like never before—now in paperback

As he was turning 40, Walt Whitman wrote 12 poems in a small handmade book he entitled Live Oak, with Moss. The poems were intensely private reflections on his attraction and affection for other men. They were also Whitman’s most adventurous explorations of the theme of same-sex love, composed decades before the word “homosexual” came into use. This revolutionary, extraordinarily beautiful and passionate cluster of poems was never published by Whitman and has remained unknown to the general public—until now. New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Brian Selznick offers a provocative visual narrative of Live Oak, with Moss, and Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener reconstructs the story of the poetic cluster’s creation and destruction. Walt Whitman’s reassembled, reinterpreted Live Oak, with Moss serves as a source of inspiration and a cause for celebration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419748158
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Publication date: 03/23/2021
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Walt Whitman is one of the most beloved poets in American letters, best known for his Leaves of Grass.


Brian Selznick is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, among many other beloved books for children. He lives in Brooklyn and San Diego.


Karen Karbiener is a Whitman scholar at New York University. She lives in Manhattan.
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