Leaves of Grass, 1860

Leaves of Grass, 1860

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In May 1860, Walt Whitman published a third edition of Leaves 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 a€œessentially the greatest poem, a€ this new edition was Whitmana€™s last best hope for national salvation. Now available in a facsimile edition, Leaves of Grass, 1860 faithfully reproduces Whitmana€™s attempt to create a a€œGreat construction of the New Biblea€ 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 Whitmana€™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 todaya€”boisterous, barbaric, and benevolent. Reprinting it now continues the poeta€™s goal of proclaiming for a€œthe whole of America for each / individual, without exception . . . uncompromising liberty and equality.a€The 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition Walt Whitman Jason Stacy ... Let me bring this to a close a€” I pronounce openly for a new distribution of roles, ) Let that which stood in front go behind ! and let that which was behind advance to the frontanbsp;...

Title:Leaves of Grass, 1860
Author:Walt Whitman
Publisher:University of Iowa Press - 2011-03-01


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