As Malcolm Cowley says in his introduction, the first edition of Leaves of Grass 'might be called the buried masterpiece of American writing', for it exhibits 'Whitman at his best, Whitman at his freshest in vision and boldest in language, Whitman transformed by a new experience.' Mr Cowley has taken the first edition from its narrow circulation among scholars, faithfully edited it, added his own introduction and Whitman's original introduction (which never appeared in any other edition during Whitman's life), and returned it to the common readership to whom the great poet really speaks.
About 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.
This is quite moving prose style writing. Whitman shows his genuine love of life throughout but never sounds corny or sentimental. That is no easy task, but he handles it easily. It evokes a very rich, lush perspective on what we all experience.
"Whitman, the great poet, has meant so much to me. Whitman the one man breaking a way ahead. Whitman the one pioneer . . . Ahead of Whitman, nothing. Ahead of all poets, pioneering into the wilderness of unopened life, Whitman. Beyond him, none." --D. H. Lawrence Whitman, the great poet, has meant so much to me. Whitman the one man breaking a way ahead. Whitman the one pioneer . . . Ahead of Whitman, nothing. Ahead of all poets, pioneering into the wilderness of unopened life, Whitman. Beyond him, none. D. H. Lawrence"
|Editor's Introduction||p. vii|
|Facsimile Frontispiece||p. 2|
|Facsimile Title Page||p. 3|
|Whitman's Introduction||p. 5|
|Song of Myself||p. 25|
|A Song for Occupations||p. 87|
|To Think of Time||p. 98|
|The Sleepers||p. 105|
|I Sing the Body Electric||p. 116|
|Song of the Answerer||p. 129|
|Europe: The 72d and 73d Years of These States||p. 133|
|A Boston Ballad||p. 135|
|There Was a Child Went Forth||p. 138|
|Who Learns My Lesson Complete||p. 140|
|Great Are the Myths||p. 142|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: March 1978
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1