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review 2018-10-26 16:48
Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions
Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions (Barnes & Noble Classics) - Karen Karbiener,Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass: First and “Death-Bed” Editions contains best known work of American poet Walt Whitman as well as additional poems that he published before his breakthrough work and that he didn’t include in his final publication.  Containing hundreds of poems from the “father of free verse”, the reader gets a essentially a full view of Whitman’s career from beginning to end.  In additional each new section of the book has an introduction by Dr. Karen Karbiener who also wrote the Notes at the end of the book giving the reader a better understanding of the essence surrounding Whitman’s work.  Though many Whitman loves will enjoy this book, for some like myself this turned out to be too much of something that it turns out I didn’t like after all.

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quote 2017-05-31 20:41
Resist much, obey little.

—Walt Whitman

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text 2017-05-12 01:04
Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 960 pages.
Leaves of Grass: First and "Death-Bed" Editions (Barnes & Noble Classics) - Karen Karbiener,Walt Whitman First Edition: Preface
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review 2017-03-25 00:00
Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery
Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mys... Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery - J. Aaron Sanders,Mark Bramhall imageAudibleheadphones_icon_1

Gay Mystery Winner of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

I'm glad our modern eBook-readers are still not able to transmit odours. This book could be extremely unpleasant to hold in the hand.


I found the story interesting to follow, and I wanted to know who EXACTLY was implicated in the illegal body snatching, and how Walt Whitman, a young "Aurora" reporter, would prove the innocence of his friend who had been executed by a serious mistake of the New York City court.

This book though should have come with some warnings:

1) it is not a romance, and I wouldn't categorize it as a gay mystery, for me it is rather a literary fiction. As I learned at the end of the book, Walt Whitman was an American poet (I beg your pardon for my ignorance, but I have never heard about this person in my life before), and the author did a good research for this book. He took some existed biographical facts and created his own story.

2)The plot is extremely depressing as well as its setting. The main story takes place in 1843 in New York City and ranges in a dangerous underworld, mostly in the neighborhood of the lower social classes. Your constant companions in the book are poverty, despair, a lot of unappetizing scenes, corruption and lawlessness, and religious fanaticism. But it is a realistic historical fiction, and if you like this kind of books, you shouldn't miss it.

A realistic historical drama that gives you insights into some interesting facts of this period of time, educates and inspires you to google to get to know more. And... I learned about Walt Whitman.

I listened to an audio version narrated by [a:Mark Bramhall Lee|6681075|Mark Bramhall Lee|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] who did a very good job.
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review 2016-11-30 20:00
Alone On The Beach At Night
Alone on the Beach at Night (Little Black Classics #10) - Walt Whitman

This one wasn't for me. I had of course heard of the author, but had never read anything by him. Based on this collection, a selection from Leaves of Grass, I don't think I will either.

With the Little Black Classics you never know up front what to expect, there have been some very nice surprises so far, but also some that disappointed, like this one. I didn't like Whitman's style and most likely won't be picking up more of his work.


Little Black Classics #10

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