Leaves of Grass: The First (1855) Edition

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Penguin, 10.07.1961 - 192 Seiten
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“I am large, I contain multitudes”

A Penguin Classic

 
When Walt Whitman self-published his Leaves of Grass in July 1855, he altered the course of literary history. One of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, it redefined the rules of poetry while describing the soul of the American character. Throughout his great career, Whitman continuously revised, expanded, and republished Leaves of Grass, but many critics believe that the book that matters most is the 1855 original. Penguin Classics proudly presents that text in its original and complete form, with an introductory essay by the writer and poet Malcolm Cowley.

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
 

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Nutzerbericht  - Backus2 - LibraryThing

This book is an inspiration to all writers. Whitman's subject matter is based on nature, work, spirituality, war, and the experience of reading a writing. And the style is free-verse. Powerful, for high school. Vollständige Rezension lesen

LibraryThing Review

Nutzerbericht  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

This slim book was assigned to me in college and was my introduction to Walt William. This is the first 1855 edition of only 12 poems, later given titles: "Song of Myself," "A Song For Occupations ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

Whitmans Introduction
5
Song of Myself
25
A Song for Occupations
87
To Think of Time
98
The Sleepers
105
I Sing the Body Electric
116
Faces
124
Song of the Answerer
129
Europe The 72d and 73d Years of These States
133
A Boston Ballad
135
There Was a Child Went Forth
138
Who Learns My Lesson Complete
140
Great Are the Myths
142
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (1961)

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.

Malcolm Cowley (editor/introducer; 1898–1989) a leadiing literary figure of his time, wrote numerous books of literary criticism, essays, and poetry.

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