Leaves of Grass
Leaves of Grass
The First (1855) Edition
Malcolm Cowley, Walt Whitman



Described by Emily Dickinson as "disgraceful" and by Emerson as "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America had yet contributed" to world literature, Leaves of Grass is more than a literary performance. In his departure from the rules of conventional poetry, his breaking down of the metered line, and his discarding of the obligatory rhyme-scheme, Whitman captures the vigorous spirit of the whole American nation. This edition reproduces the 1891-2 text and includes Whitman's preface to the 1855 edition, as well as Emerson's famous letter of 1855, greeting Whitman "at the beginning of a great career."

Title Leaves of Grass
Subtitle The First (1855) Edition
Authors Malcolm Cowley, Walt Whitman
Publisher Penguin Classics
Title First Published 10 July 1961
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 192 p.
ISBN-10 0140421998
ISBN-13 9780140421996
Publication Date 10 July 1961
Main content page count 192
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $12.00
 


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