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Leaves of Grass, 1860: The 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition

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In May 1860, Walt Whitman published a third edition of "Leaves of Grass." His timing was compelling. Printed during a period of regional, ideological, and political divisions, written by a poet intimately concerned with the idea of a United States as "essentially the greatest poem," this new edition was Whitman's last best hope for national salvation. Now available in a fa ...more
Paperback, 550 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by University Of Iowa Press
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Kathryn
Aug 23, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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In 1860, when the United States was on the brink of civil war, Walt Whitman produced a book of poems that he hoped would provide a roadmap for preserving the Union. It was “Leaves of Grass,” the third edition.

Reading Whitman is always an exhilarating experience but when reading from this facsimile edition put out by the University of Iowa Press, there’s a touch of something else – a sense of history. The introduction by antebellum historian and Whitman scholar Jason Stacy does an excellent job o
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R
Aug 06, 2013 R rated it it was amazing
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Beautiful collection of Walt Whitman poems that I got from a college book store in Iowa. ;)
Chrisanne
Oct 28, 2015 Chrisanne rated it liked it
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Whitman has a style all his own. And I like it. What I don't like is his self-absorption and promotional attitude that seems to creep in sometimes.

"Oh Captain, My Captain" and some other poems are just beautiful. Those are the poems when he seems to lose sight of his self. And that's okay. In fact, it's wonderful.

But writing a poem to your chest hair? Really, Walt?
Phillip
It is great in its own way. It makes me think of Owen Barfield, though OB might have objected, it is hard to know. It looks like a precursor to what I think of as new age. It doesn't thrill me. I am glad yo be finished because it is a bit much.
Jeff
Mar 09, 2015 Jeff rated it it was amazing
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Superb republication of the third edition of Leaves of Grass, perhaps the greatest of all the editions.
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Walter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.

Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during
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