9780143039273

Leaves Of Grass: The First (1855) Edition

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  • ISBN13:

    9780143039273

  • ISBN10:

    014303927X

  • Edition: Deluxe
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/28/2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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Summary

The publication of Leaves of Grass in July 1855 was a landmark event in literary history. Ralph Waldo Emerson judged the book "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed." Nothing like the volume had ever appeared before. Everything about it--the unusual jacket and title page, the exuberant preface, the twelve free-flowing, untitled poems embracing every realm of experience--was new. The 1855 edition broke new ground in its relaxed style, which prefigured free verse; in its sexual candor; in its images of racial bonding and democratic togetherness; and in the intensity of its affirmation of the sanctity of the physical world.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Celebration vii
Harold Bloom
Suggestions for Further Reading xxxix
LEAVES OF GRASS
Facsimile Frontispiece
2(1)
Facsimile Title Page
3(2)
Whitman's Preface
5(23)
Song of Myself1
28(69)
A Song for Occupations
97(12)
To Think of Time
109(8)
The Sleepers
117(12)
I Sing the Body Electric
129(8)
Faces
137(5)
Song of the Answerer
142(4)
Europe: The 72d and 73d Years of These States
146(2)
A Boston Ballad
148(3)
There Was a Child Went Forth
151(3)
Who Learns My Lesson Complete?
154(2)
Great Are the Myths
156

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