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Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
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Jul 30, 07

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Recommended for: Everyone
Read in September, 2003

Literary rapture. I don't know how else I could describe my first experience reading Leaves of Grass. It was pure literary rapture.

I highly recommend Leaves of Grass to everyone - especially those who still believe, or want to believe, in the basic goodness of the American Experiment.

Pick up the slim first edition (Whitman revised and expanded Leaves of Grass throughout his life. The final product, which is what is most often seen on bookshelves, is a bloated, redundant beast.

Read the whole thing, introduction included, preferably in one sitting. It will change you.
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Robyn I loved this review. The word rapture is exactly what it is to read these words. I consider it my own personal bible.


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Leonora Yeah, I'm in love with it too.


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Robert Simon I enjoyed your review, but more importantly your perspective of life.


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