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About Walt Whitman
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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This huge collection contains ALL of Walt Whitman's works – both poetry and prose. These have been separated into chapters based on the books in which they were originally published, and are as follows:
Leaves of Grass
The Patriotic Poems of Walt Whitman
The Complete Prose Works
The Wound Dresser
The Letters of Anne Gilchrist and Walt Whitman.
This beautifully designed ebook has an interactive table of contents for ease of navigation, carefully formatted texts and chapter illustrations.
Five works in one collection - Also available for paperback
Work 1: Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Written as a compilation of poems in the mid-1800s celebrating humanity, the value of the human mind, and nature. These poems in this collection were heavily inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson, himself a romantic, and the Transcendentalist Movement that was popular at the time. While most of the poems offer praise to nature and a person’s relative role in it, the title itself, Leaves of Grass, is a pun minimizing the value of the very paper that they were written on.
Work 2: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman's Letter Correspondence by Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson
The very complex relationship between Emerson and Whitman was publicly displayed in open letters that they had scribed to one another. Emerson, enthusiastically welcoming Whitman to his great career, made a very public proclamation of awe-inspiring praise to the poet.
Work 3: O Captain! My Captain by Walt Whitman
Written about the death of President Abraham Lincoln, this poem emphasizes the grief and sorrow felt by the American people in the throes of mourning upon his assassination. The Civil War influenced Whitman’s and his poetry.
Work 4: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d by Walt Whitman
Written in the summer of 1865 during the country’s profound national mourning over the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, this poem was a pastoral elegy referencing the recently concluded Civil War. Whitman uses imagery and symbols to describe the president, his death, and the emotional experience.
Work 5: A Complete Biography of Walt Whitman by CSA Publishing
Walt Whitman, a 19th Century American journalist, and poet was considered a Unionist with many of his works, written in free verse, revolving around the events and experiences of the Civil War. His awareness of suffering, grief, and revulsion are apparent in many of his later prose and public viewpoints. His published works and collections were praised by poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson as “being of extraordinary wit and wisdom.”
* Contains the "Deathbed" edition of "Leaves of Grass," and virtually all of Whitman's prose, with reminiscences of nineteenth-century New York City, notes on the Civil War, especially his service in Washington hospitals and glimpses of President Lincoln, and attacks on the misuses of national wealth after the war.
* Just as accessible and enjoyable for today's readers as they would have been when first published, these are some of the great works of American literature and continue to be widely read throughout the world.
* This meticulous digital edition from Heritage Publishing is a faithful reproduction of the original text.
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- Font adjustments & biography included
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About Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman. Though the first edition was published in 1855, Whitman spent most of his professional life writing and re-writing Leaves of Grass, revising it multiple times until his death. This resulted in vastly different editions over four decades—the first a small book of twelve poems and the last a compilation of over 400. The poems of Leaves of Grass are loosely connected, with each representing Whitman's celebration of his philosophy of life and humanity. This book is notable for its discussion of delight in sensual pleasures during a time when such candid displays were considered immoral. Where much previous poetry, especially English, relied on symbolism, allegory, and meditation on the religious and spiritual, Leaves of Grass (particularly the first edition) exalted the body and the material world. Influenced by Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalist movement, itself an offshoot of Romanticism, Whitman's poetry praises nature and the individual human's role in it. However, much like Emerson, Whitman does not diminish the role of the mind or the spirit; rather, he elevates the human form and the human mind, deeming both worthy of poetic praise.