Leaves of Grass

The "Death-Bed" Edition

By Walt Whitman
(Modern Library, Hardcover, 9780679600763, 736pp.)

Publication Date: October 12, 1993

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Description
Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a new voice and style into American letters and gave expression to an optimistic, bombastic vision that took the nation as its subject. Unlike many other editions of Leaves of Grass, which reproduce various short, early versions, this Modern Library Paperback Classics "Death-bed" edition presents everything Whitman wrote in its final form, and includes newly commissioned notes.



About the Author
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, journalist, and essayist most remembered for his rejection of poetic form restrictions and writing in free verse. Some of his other writings include Franklin Evans and Democratic Vistas.


NPR
Friday, Jul 4, 2014

For "This Week's Must-Read" poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips turns to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, the man who first heard America singing. More at NPR.org

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