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Walt Whitman's Song of Myself : A Sourcebook and Critical Edition - Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman's Song of Myself

A Sourcebook and Critical Edition

Hardcover Published: 9th September 2004
ISBN: 9780415275439
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 14+ years old

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Since 1855, Walt Whitman's Song of Myself has been enjoyed, debated, parodied and imitated by readers, critics and artists crossing national and linguistic boundaries. Many argue that it is the most influential poem ever written by an American. This sourcebook and critical edition provides easy access to:

* information on the contexts of Whitman's work, including biographical details and a chronology
* an overview of the critical reception of the poem and extracts from important criticism, reprinted with clear introductory headnotes
* key passages from the original 1855 edition, with commentary and annotation
* the full 'final' 1881 edition of the poem.

Cross-references link the critical, contextual and textual sections of the volume, encouraging an integrated understanding of this creative and controversial text. Complementing a wealth of material with suggestions for further reading, this volume is ideal for readers with no knowledge of the poem, or for those returning anew to a favourite text.

Contextsp. 7
Contextual overviewp. 9
Chronologyp. 18
Contemporary documentsp. 24
Directory of contextual figuresp. 30
Interpretationsp. 35
Nineteenth-century responses and criticismp. 38
Twentieth-century responses and criticismp. 74
Key passages and full textp. 115
Approaching the textp. 117
Key passagesp. 126
Full 1881-82 textp. 141
Further readingp. 197
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ISBN: 9780415275439
ISBN-10: 0415275431
Series: Routledge Guides to Literature
Audience: General
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 9th September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1