Leaves of Grass, 1860 (The 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition)

Leaves of Grass, 1860 (The 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition)

Walt Whitman


In might 1860, Walt Whitman released a 3rd version ofLeaves of Grass. His timing used to be compelling. revealed in the course of a interval of neighborhood, ideological, and political divisions, written through a poet in detail interested by the assumption of a usa as “essentially the best poem,” this re-creation used to be Whitman's final top wish for nationwide salvation. Now on hand in a facsimile edition,Leaves of Grass, 1860faithfully reproduces Whitman's try and create a “Great development of the recent Bible” to save lots of the country at the eve of civil conflict and, for the 1st time, frames the ebook in historic instead of literary terms.

In his 3rd version, Whitman extra 146 new poems to the 32 that comprised the second one variation, reorganized the e-book right into a bible of yankee civic faith that may be brought up bankruptcy and verse, and integrated erotic poetry meant to bind the state in natural concord. This a hundred and fiftieth anniversary version incorporates a facsimile replica of the unique 1860 quantity, a thought-provoking creation via antebellum historian and Whitman pupil Jason Stacy that situates Whitman in nineteenth-century the US, and annotations that supply particular ancient context for Whitman's poems.

A profoundly wealthy fabricated from a interval whilst the United States confronted its maximum peril, this 3rd version reveals the poet reworking himself right into a prophet of religious democracy and the Whitman we rejoice today—boisterous, barbaric, and benevolent. Reprinting it now maintains the poet's objective of proclaiming for “the complete of the United States for every / person, with out exception . . . uncompromising liberty and equality.”

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