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Leaves of Grass : The First (1855) Edition -  Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass

The First (1855) Edition


Published: March 1978
For Ages: 18+ years old
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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.



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Inspiring without being pretentious.


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    Comments about Leaves of Grass:

    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.

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    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 Introductionp. vii
    Facsimile Frontispiecep. 2
    Facsimile Title Pagep. 3
    Whitman's Introductionp. 5
    Song of Myselfp. 25
    A Song for Occupationsp. 87
    To Think of Timep. 98
    The Sleepersp. 105
    I Sing the Body Electricp. 116
    Facesp. 124
    Song of the Answererp. 129
    Europe: The 72d and 73d Years of These Statesp. 133
    A Boston Balladp. 135
    There Was a Child Went Forthp. 138
    Who Learns My Lesson Completep. 140
    Great Are the Mythsp. 142
    Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9780140421996
    ISBN-10: 0140421998
    Series: Penguin Classics
    Audience: General
    For Ages: 18+ years old
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 192
    Published: March 1978
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 0.9
    Weight (kg): 0.14
    Edition Number: 1