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Walt Whitman

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Walt 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. The young Whitman attended public schools until the age of eleven, when he was apprenticed to a printer. In 1835 he became a journeyman printer and spent the next decade working as a compositor, freelance writer, editor, and itinerant schoolteacher. But Whitman's fortunes changed in 1846 when he was named editor of the Brooklyn Eagle. However his 'free soil' political beliefs cost him... Read More

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Leaves of Grass
The "Death-Bed" Edition
Written by Walt Whitman
Introduction by William Carlos Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $15.00

Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a new voice... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Leaves of Grass
The "Death-Bed" Edition
Written by Walt Whitman


Format: Hardcover, 736 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 12, 1993
Price: $24.00

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Leaves of Grass

Written by Walt Whitman


Format: Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1983
Price: $5.95

One of the great innovative figures in American letters, Walt Whitman created a daringly new kind of poetry that became a major force in world literature. Leaves Of Grass is his one book. First published in 1855 with only twelve poems, it was greeted by Ralph Waldo Emerson as "the wonderful... Read more >
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Leaves of Grass

Written by Walt Whitman


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 26, 2004
Price: $1.99

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Also available as an eBook, hardcover, paperback, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

Leaves of Grass
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Walt Whitman


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 31, 2000
Price: $11.99

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Whitman: Poems

Written by Walt Whitman


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 18, 1994
Price: $14.95

This Everyman's Library Pocket Poets edition 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. Read more >
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Whitman: Poems

Written by Walt Whitman


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 2, 2014
Price: $9.99

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