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Product Details

  • Series: Wordsworth Poetry Library
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853264334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853264337
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, near Huntington, Long Island, New York. On July 4, 1855, the first edition of Leaves of Grass, the volume of poems that for the next four decades would become his lifes work, was placed on sale. Although some critics treated the volume as a joke and others were outraged by its unprecedented mixture of mysticism and earthiness, the book attracted the attention of some of the finest literary intelligences. His poetry slowly achieved a wide readership in America and in England, where he was praised by Swinburne and Tennyson. (D. H. Lawrence later referred to Whitman as the"greatest modern poet, and"the greatest of Americans. Whitman suffered a stroke in 1873 and was forced to retire to Camden, New Jersey, where he would spend the last twenty years of his life. There he continued to write poetry, and in 1881 the seventh edition of Leaves of Grass was published to generally favorable reviews. However, the book was soon banned in Boston on the grounds that it was obscene literature. In January 1892 the final edition of Leaves of Grass appeared on sale, and Whitman's life work was complete. He died two months later on the evening of March 26, 1892, and was buried four days afterward at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Lukas on July 25, 2001
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Among the many American authors and poets, the name Walt Whitman stands out as a giant. He single-handedly transformed the world of American poetry with his one and only collection, Leaves of Grass. Leaves of Grass, however, is not one collection between two covers. Rather, it is a collection of collections. Poems like "When Lilacs in the Dooryard Bloom'd", "O Captain, My Captain", and "I Hear America Singing" have forever been imprinted in the American psyche as brilliant, original works of literature. This book not only features Leaves of Grass, but also discarded poems and unpublished poems that were not published in the book. This book is a definitive introduction to the works of one America's greatest literary giants.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sams on July 2, 2012
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The books contains just what it says it does. However, the print is fine and I can hardly read it. It would make a great gift for someone who doesn't need tri-focals. The fault isn't with the book at all, just my eye sight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By French Frey on February 14, 2014
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Every admirer and lover of literature should at least give themselves the pleasure of reading Walt Whitman and experiencing the many different styles of poets. Expand and explore! I highly recommend this collection to all writer's and all readers!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia M. Schultz on December 29, 2010
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Great book to snuggle up with at night. Very random poems (if you can truly call them poems as most do not even begin to rhyme)about anything, everything and all inbetween.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel on June 26, 2013
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Great to pick up and read when you want to see the world through the eyes of a man who truly loved living.
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By theresa cavanaugh on May 24, 2013
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Just found out he lived in Jersey - liked his work before, love it now! Whitman writes poetry that people can understand and relate to -
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