Leaves of Grass 1860
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Edition: 150th 2009 (Anniversary)
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In May 1860, Walt Whitman published a third edition ofLeaves 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 ldquo;essentially the greatest poem,rdquo; this new edition was Whitmanrsquo;s last best hope for national salvation. Now available in a facsimile edition,Leaves of Grass, 1860faithfully reproduces Whitmanrsquo;s attempt to create a ldquo;Great construction of the New Biblerdquo; to save the nation on the eve of civil war and, for the first time, frames the book in historical rather than literary terms. In his third edition, Whitman added 146 new poems to the 32 that comprised the second edition, reorganized the book into a bible of American civic religion that could be cited chapter and verse, and included erotic poetry intended to bind the nation in organic harmony. This 150th anniversary edition includes a facsimile reproduction of the original 1860 volume, a thought-provoking introduction by antebellum historian and Whitman scholar Jason Stacy that situates Whitman in nineteenth-century America, and annotations that provide detailed historical context for Whitmanrsquo;s poems. A profoundly rich product of a period when America faced its greatest peril, this third edition finds the poet transforming himself into a prophet of spiritual democracy and the Whitman we celebrate today-boisterous, barbaric, and benevolent. Reprinting it now continues the poetrsquo;s goal of proclaiming for ldquo;the whole of America for each / individual, without exception . . . uncompromising liberty and equality.rdquo;
List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 9/1/2009
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall