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AuthorWalt Whitman
Edition Number2Nd Printing Edition
PublisherEveryman's Library
Publication Date18/10/1994
Book DescriptionThe Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Whitman contains forty-two of the American master's poems, including "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," "Song of Myself," "I Hear America Singing," "Halcyon Days," and an index of first lines.
Editorial Review1. Among The Multitude An Army Corps On The March As I Lay With My Head In Your Lap Camerado Cavalry Crossing A Ford Crossing Brooklyn Ferry The Dalliance Of The Eagles A Glimpse Halcyon Days A Hand-mirror I Hear America Singing I Saw In Louisiana A Live-oak Growing Me Imperturbe My Picture-gallery Native Moments A Noiseless Patient Spider O Tan-faced Prairie-boy Old Salt Kossabone Out Of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking Passage To India Perfections Poets To Come Reconciliation Roots And Leaves Themselves Alone The Runner A Sight In Camp In The Daybreak Gray And Dim The Sleepers So Long! Sometimes With One I Love Song Of Myself Starting From Paumanok There Was A Child Went Forth These Carols To A Stranger A Twilight Song Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night When I Heard At The Close Of The Day When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloomed Whispers Of Heavenly Death Whoever You Are Holding Me Now In Hand The Wound-dresser Youth, Day, Old Age And Night -- Table of Poems from
About the AuthorWalt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, near Huntington, Long Island, New York. His father--a farmer turned carpenter from whom Whitman acquired his freethinking intellectual and political attitudes--moved his wife and nine children to Brooklyn in 1823. Whitman suffered a stroke in 1873 and was forced to retire to Camden, New Jersey, where he would spend the last twenty years of his life. There he continued to write poetry, and in 1881 the seventh edition of Leaves of Grass was published to generally favorable reviews. However, the book was soon banned in Boston on the grounds that it was 'obscene literature.' Whitman was in a precarious financial way in his remaining years, and such writers as Mark Twain, Henry James, and Robert Louis Stevenson contributed to his support. Rich admirers kept him supplied with oysters and champagne (he was fond of both). Whitman even received a visitation from Oscar Wilde, who later reported that 'the good gray poet' made no effort to conceal his homosexuality from him. ('The kiss of Walt Whitman,' Wilde said, 'is still on my lips') In January 1892 the final 'Death-bed Edition' of Leaves of Grassappeared on sale, and Whitman's life's work was complete. He died two months later on the evening of March 26, 1892, and was buried four days afterward at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden. 'Most of the great poets are impersonal,' Whitman once wrote of Leaves of Grass.'I am personal. . . . In my poems, all revolves around, concentrates in, radiates from myself. I have but one central figure, the general human personality typified in myself. But my book compels, absolutely necessitates, every reader to transpose himself or herself into the central position, and become the living fountain, actor, experiencer himself or herself, of every page, every aspiration, every line.'

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