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Leaves of Grass: The Complete 1855 and 1891-92 Editions
Leaves of Grass: The Complete 1855 and 1891-92 Editions | Walt Whitman
In 1855, a small volume appeared, self-published by a failed Brooklyn journalist and carpenter: twelve untitled poems and a preface announcing the author's aims. A commercial failure, this book was the first stage of a massive, lifelong enterprise. Six editions and thirty-seven years later, "Leaves of Grass" had been recognized as one of the central masterworks of world poetry. This Library of America Paperback Classic includes two complete texts: the 1855 first edition and the magnificent culminating edition of 1891-1892. For almost thirty years, The Library of America has presented America's best and most significant writing in acclaimed hardcover editions. Now, a new series, Library of America Paperback Classics, offers attractive and affordable books that bring The Library of America's authoritative texts within easy reach of every reader. Each book features an introductory essay by one of a leading writer, as well as a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the choice and history of the text, and notes. The contents of this Paperback Classic are drawn from "Walt Whitman: Poetry and Prose," edited by Justin Kaplan, volume #3 in the Library of America series.
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Kimberlone
Leaves of Grass: First and Death-Bed Editions | Walt Whitman, Karen Karbiener
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#12ColorsofDecember Day 7: Royal Purple

Purple might be my favorite color, but this was the only purple book I could find on my shelves!

#WinterGames #TeamRedNosedReindeer @StayCurious

Saknicole Best book of poetry to ever exist. 🍁 🍃 🍂 2y
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TheBookHippie
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@GingerAntics here it is!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Everyone else: this is the copy Mr BookHippie and I read together every fall we started in 1994 ..and just kept it up🍃🌱🌿

Fridameetslucy You guys should come and read it at the annual public reading in Brooklyn ! (edited) 3y
GingerAntics Okay, so you have the deathbed version. I think I‘m going to have to read that one as well, at some point. It has WAY more poems in it. 3y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I think you‘ll like it better! 3y
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TheBookHippie @Fridameetslucy ohhh yes!!! I loved all the exhibits we saw in August! 3y
GingerAntics It looks like it has more shorter poems in it, from what I saw in the sample. I wonder if that would be easier than trying to follow a long narrative poem that bonces all over kingdom come like Song of Myself. 3y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I think you may prefer it. 3y
GingerAntics This is happening. 3y
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics 🤣🤣🤣🌿🌱📖❤️ 3y
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VioletBramble
Leaves of Grass: First and Death-Bed Editions | Walt Whitman, Karen Karbiener
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I did some holiday shopping today. Picked up these for myself. This Macmillan Collector‘s Library edition is my 4th copy of Leaves of Grass. That makes Leaves of Grass the book of which I own the most copies.

Nute That‘s what I‘m talking about! No shade about how many editions of a favorite book that a reader owns. We need ALL the editions of our favorite books!😁 3y
LeslieO Love holiday shopping for myself! 3y
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DivineDiana
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Starting From Paumanok

See, steamers steaming through my poems,
See, in my poems immigrants continually coming and landing,
See, in arriere, the wigwam, the trail, the hunter‘s hut, the flatboat, the maize-leaf, the claim, the rude fence, and the backwoods village...

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#poemsbeforephones

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DivineDiana
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Me Imperturbe
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Me wherever my life is lived, O to be self-balanced for contingencies,
To confront night,storms,hunger,ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do.

#poemsbeforephones

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Malisa
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Panpan

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Unpopular opinion but I thought it was eh at best

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Lcsmcat
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TheSpineView 😊 4y
LazyDays Aww. What a great pick.💗 4y
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Bookwormjillk
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I‘m still going on last year‘s #litsyclassics challenge.

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Lcsmcat
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The cover on my Kindle edition is even autumnal looking. #leaves #litsyclassics @Sarah83

KarmonR Love, love, love Leaves. I revisit it when I get too depressed by the reality of America. It gives my optimism a big boost. 4y
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SharonGoforth
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A few of my favorite #american poets! #poetrymatters

DivineDiana I just bought a copy yesterday of 4y
SharonGoforth @DivineDiana Hope you enjoy it! 4y
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batsy
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The more I read Whitman, the more I love him ?

Background: "The Starry Night", Vincent van Gogh (1889)

#stars #PoetryMatters @LazyDays

Tanisha_A Ooh, I was going to put the same background for this post! One of the favourites! 🙌 4y
Quirkybookworm Love me some Whitman! 4y
merelybookish I love Whitman, too. His lust for life is so infectious, inspiring. 4y
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batsy @Tanisha_A Yes, an eternal fave ❤️ 4y
batsy @Quirkybookworm @merelybookish I love his love for people, as well. My curmudgeonly side needs a strong dose of that every so often ☺️ 4y
GripLitGrl 💖💖💖 4y
Centique Two of my favourite things - Walt Whitman and this artwork! 😍You‘ve got me back into getting poetry out of the library with these great posts - but I can also feel a Book Depository order coming on! 4y
batsy @Centique I know what you mean, this challenge is making me realise how much poetry I'm missing out on in my life! And I've been adding stuff to my BD wishlist 😁❤️ 4y
kspenmoll Lovely! 4y
batsy @kspenmoll Whitman + van Gogh 😍 4y
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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Kimberlone
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Love the Whitman quote featured on this restaurant‘s beer menu!

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Liza24
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“This is the grass that grows wherever the land is and the water is,
This is the common air that bathes the globe.”
#litsypoetry #poetry

Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 4y
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Kelly
Leaves of Grass: First and Death-Bed Editions | Walt Whitman, Karen Karbiener
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Today's #riotgrams is door stoppers. Bonus tortie face.

rubyslippersreads Lovely tortie! 😻 6y
balletbookworm 😻😻 6y
Stephanie-Anne 😻&Murakami! ❤ 6y
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shawnmooney
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MrBook Just saw this article! Very cool 😊👏🏻! 6y
LeahBergen Ooo! 6y
quirkyreader The guardian put an article out about it today. 6y
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powersbk
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A.) This is my first foray into Whitman and I'm very much looking forward to it. B.) I haven't used Litsy in quite some time because I've forgotten about it. I intend on changing this.

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sdbruening
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Well that's a well-written and succinct thought on equality!

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sdbruening
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Celebrate life at all ages!

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sdbruening
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sdbruening
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Whitman really paints a picture of all varieties of American people. Here, he talks of prostitute, president, matron, and fisherman within less than a page. Really exemplifies the idea of sharing the same space in the world no matter who you are.

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utterKATEness
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"I will plant companionship thick as trees along the rivers of America, and along the shores of the Great Lakes, and all over the prairies" Litsy, I'm going to need some time. So for now, I beg you, take to heart the words of Wise Old Grey Beard. We are bigger than hate. (3/3)

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utterKATEness
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"The dependence of Liberty shall be lovers, / The continuance of Equality shall be comrades." (2/3)

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utterKATEness
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"Affection shall solve every one of the problems of freedom, / Those who love each other shall be invincible" (1/3)

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CKtheLibrarian
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This poem about President Lincoln's assassination always reminds me of Dead Poets Society.

Yossarian Or the Saturday Night Live response . . . https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie6LpKOJVf0 6y
Louise Every now and then, I go on a Whitman marathon and devour Leaves of Grass in a weekend. Such a big, broad vision! My favorite is "Song of Myself". ❤️ 6y
CKtheLibrarian @Yossarian oh noooo! Lol I've never watched that. How awful! 😂😁😢 6y
CKtheLibrarian @Louise love! 😍 6y
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Alliedanielson
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Whitman just gets me. Every single time.

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SharonGoforth
Leaves of Grass: First and Death-Bed Editions | Walt Whitman, Karen Karbiener
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Having Leaves of Grass for breakfast this morning.

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