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  • Published: 28 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781984897558
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $22.99

Leaves Of Grass




A collectible new Penguin Classics series: beautiful, slim, clothbound editions of ten favourite poets.

Loafe with me on the grass . . . loose the stop from your throat.

Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a new voice and style into American letters and gave expression to an optimistic, bombastic vision that took the nation as its subject. Unlike many other editions of Leaves of Grass, which reproduce various short, early versions, this Modern Library Paperback Classics "Death-bed" edition presents everything Whitman wrote in its final form, and includes newly commissioned notes.

  • Published: 28 May 2019
  • ISBN: 9781984897558
  • Imprint: Knopf US
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. Although controversial upon publication, Whitman's great work, Leaves of Grass, is considered one of the most influential works in the American canon.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was born on Long Island and educated in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a printer's devil, journeyman compositor, itinerant schoolteacher, editor, and unofficial nurse to Northern and Southern soldiers.

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