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Description - The Portable Walt Whitman by Walt Whitman

'I celebrate myself and sing myself . . .'

When Walt Whitman self-published Leaves of Grass in 1855 it was a slim volume of twelve poems, alarmingly unfamiliar in form, shockingly frank, unabashedly American, and aggressively democratic. At the time, Whitman was a journalist from Long Island, unknown but full of ambition; at his death in 1892 he was beginning to be recognized as one of the most distinctive poetic voices of the modern world. He had spent his entire lifetime revising and adding to the work, which broke new ground in its treatment of the individual, eroticism, mortality, and the trauma of the Civil War. This rich cross section of his work includes poems from throughout Whitman's lifetime, the early short story 'The Child's Champion,' his prefaces to the many editions of Leaves of Grass, and a variety of prose selections, including Democratic Vistas, Specimen Days, and 'Slang in America.'

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780142437681
ISBN-10: 0142437689
Format: Paperback / softback
(196mm x 130mm x 33mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is considered to be one of the greatest American poets. His collection of twelve poems, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 and initially shocked the American public with its unfamiliar form and democratic stance. He was particularly in the public eye in his last nineteen years of life when English writers such as William Rossetti and Robert Stevenson contended that Americans did not fully appreciate him.

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