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Leaves of Grass
By (author): Walt Whitman Edited by: Bridget Bennett
9781509887187 Hardcover English POETRY / American / General Mar 26, 2019
$21.99 CAD
Active 6.74 x 7.05 x 0.68 in | 180 gr 304 pages Pan Macmillan Macmillan Collector's Library
A new selection of Walt Whitman's groundbreaking poetry edited and introduced by Professor Bridget Bennett. Walt Whitman's glorious poetry collection, Leaves of Grass was first published in 1855, though he revised and expanded it throughout his lifetime. It was groundbreaking in its subject matter and direct, unembellished style. Whitman wrote about the United States and its people, its revolutionary spirit, and about democracy. He wrote openly about the body and desire in a way that broke with convention, paving the way for a completely new kind of poetry. This new collection is taken from the final version, the 'death-bed edition', and includes his most famous poems such as Song of Myself and I Sing the Body Electric. Edited and introduced by Professor Bridget Bennett. Designed to appeal to book lovers everywhere, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.

Walt Whitman was born in Long Island, New York in 1819 to Walter Whitman, a house builder, and Louisa Van Velsor Whitman. Walt was one of eight children and was taken out of school at the age of eleven due to the family's financial difficulties, but he continued to read voraciously. He worked first as a printer, then briefly as a teacher before settling on a career in journalism. He self-published the first version of Leaves of Grass, which consisted of only twelve poems, in 1855. By the time he died in 1892, and despite arousing considerable controversy, he enjoyed unprecedented international success and to this day is considered to be one of America's greatest poets. Bridget Bennett is a Professor of American Literature & Culture at the University of Leeds. Her most recent major work is a monograph titled Transatlantic Spiritualism and Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

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