Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman audiobook

Leaves of Grass

By Walt Whitman
Read by Mel Foster

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200105670

  • ISBN: 9798200105663

  • ISBN: 9798200105687

Runtime: 15.93 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Poetry
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." And Ralph Waldo Emerson found Leaves of Grass "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed," calling it a "combination of the Bhagavad Gita and the New York Herald." Published at the author's own expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass initially consisted of a preface, twelve untitled poems in free verse (including the work later titled "Song of Myself," which Malcolm Cowley called "one of the great poems of modern times"), and a now-famous portrait of a devil-may-care Walt Whitman in a workman's shirt. Over the next four decades, Whitman continually expanded and revised the book as he took on the role of a workingman's bard who championed American nationalism, political democracy, contemporary progress, and unashamed sex. This volume, which contains 383 poems, is the final "Deathbed Edition," which was published in 1892.

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Author Bio: Walt Whitman

Author Bio: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was the son of a carpenter. His formal schooling ended at age eleven, when he was apprenticed to a printer in Brooklyn. He spent the next two decades as a printer, freelance writer, and editor in New York. In 1855, at his own expense, he published the first edition of Leaves of Grass, which would mark him as the major poetic voice of an emerging America. Whitman would go on expanding and revising it for the rest of his life, with the final edition appearing in 1892, the year of his death.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Poetry
Runtime: 15.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English