Whitman Poetry and Prose

ISBN-10: 094045002X

ISBN-13: 9780940450028

Edition: 1982

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Description: This is the most comprehensive volume of Walt Whitman (1819-1892) ever published. It includes all of his poetry and what he considered his complete prose. This is also the only collection that includes, in exactly the form in which it appeared in 1855, the first edition of Leaves of Grass. This was the book, a commercial failure, that prompted Emerson's famous message to Whitman: "I greet you at the beginning of a great career". These twelve poems, including what were later to be entitled "Song of Myself" and "I Sing the Body Electric", and a preface announcing the author's poetic theories, were the first stage of a massive, lifelong work. Six editions and some thirty-seven years later Leaves of Grass had become one of the central volumes in the history of world poetry.

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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 5/6/1982
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1380
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Justin Kaplan was born in Manhattan, New York on September 5, 1925. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard University, followed by graduate work in the field there, but he left before earning a doctorate to work as a freelance writer and book editor. His first book, Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain, won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1967 and a National Book Award. His other works include Lincoln Steffens: A Biography, When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age, and Walt Whitman: A Life, which won a National Book Award. He also wrote books with his wife Anne Bernays including The Language of Names and Back Then: Two Lives in 1950s New York. He was the editor of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. He died from complications of Parkinson's disease on March 2, 2014 at the age of 88.

Leaves of Grass (1855)
Leaves of Grass (1891-92)
Complete Prose Works (1892)
Supplementary Prose
Chronology
Note on the Texts
Notes
Poetry Title Index
Index of First Lines
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