Leaves of Grass
Leaves of Grass
Goodreads4.1 / 5

Leaves of Grass

Written by Walt Whitman
Published by Oxford University Press, USA
Prices as of Aug 7

What's Leaves of Grass About

Publisher Summary

As featured in AMC’s Breaking Bad, given by Gale Boetticher to Walter White and discovered by Hank Schrader. I celebrate myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease….observing a spear of summer grass. So begins Leaves of Grass, the first great American poem and indeed, to this day, the greatest and most essentially American poem in all our national literature. 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. This Anniversary Edition captures the typeface, design and layout of the original edition supervised by Whitman himself. Today’s readers get a sense of the ur-text of Leaves of Grass, the first version of this historic volume, before Whitman made many revisions of both format and style. The volume also boasts an afterword by Whitman authority David Reynolds, in which he discusses the 1855 edition in its social and cultural contexts: its background, its reception, and its contributions to literary history. There is also an appendix containing the early responses to the volume, including Emerson’s letter, Whitman’s three self-reviews, and the twenty other known reviews published in various newspapers and magazines. This special volume will be a must-have keepsake for fans of Whitman and lovers of American poetry.

What Kind of Book is Leaves of Grass

Primarily about

Reviews

    Book Lists That Include Leaves of Grass

    The Creative Behind the Book

    What Has Walt Whitman Said About This Book

    Nothing yet! You should let Walt Whitman know that you want to hear from them about their book.

    Other Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked Leaves of Grass

      Between the World and Me
      Ta-Nehisi Coates
      Cat's Cradle
      Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
      Gift from the Sea
      Anne Morrow Lindbergh
      Tuesdays with Morrie
      Mitch Albom
      Siddhartha
      Hermann Hesse
      Hiroshima
      John Hersey
      Animal Farm
      George Orwell
      The Prince
      Niccolò Machiavelli
      Grendel
      John Gardner
      Julius Caesar
      William Shakespeare
      View more

    Book Details

    ISBN
    9780195183429
    Publication Date
    April 15, 2005
    Page Count
    167
    Audience
    Adult
    Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
    2004026509
    WorldCat Number (OCLC)
    816831182
    ASIN/ISBN 10
    0195183428

    Contribute to this page

    Core Score - 59%

    More than halfway there—keep going!

    Depth Score - 9%

    Just the barebones.

    Improve this page

    Are you the author or illustrator? Claim your book.

    Top Contributors
    01
    @elainer
    20

    Bookroo

    Book Clubs

    Follow Bookroo