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Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, near Huntington, Long Island, New York. On July 4, 1855, the first edition of Leaves of Grass, the volume of poems that for the next four decades would become his lifes work, was placed on sale. Although some critics treated the volume as a joke and others... show more

Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, near Huntington, Long Island, New York. On July 4, 1855, the first edition of Leaves of Grass, the volume of poems that for the next four decades would become his lifes work, was placed on sale. Although some critics treated the volume as a joke and others were outraged by its unprecedented mixture of mysticism and earthiness, the book attracted the attention of some of the finest literary intelligences. His poetry slowly achieved a wide readership in America and in England, where he was praised by Swinburne and Tennyson. (D. H. Lawrence later referred to Whitman as the"greatest modern poet, and"the greatest of Americans. 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. In January 1892 the final edition of Leaves of Grass appeared on sale, and Whitman's life 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.
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Birth date: May 31, 1819
Died: March 26, 1892
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Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it 1 year ago
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...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 2 years ago
Not the Whitman poems I would chose, especially considering part of the purpose of these books is to give people a taste of a writer.
I'm Reading Comeeks
I'm Reading Comeeks rated it 2 years ago
This Summer I am leading a book club for kids in grades 1-3. I'm excited, in part, because we've decided to combine our former girls and boys clubs into a mixed 'kids' book club, I feel like we're finally stepping out of a box and into bigger and better possibilities for discussions and books. The...
XLeptodactylous
XLeptodactylous rated it 3 years ago
Walt Whitman's poetry from 19th century America is unlike any other Victorian poetry I have read. I assume it is because he is American, but I saw no lyrical prowess, and my heart was not set aflame by any words. I am fairly new to loving poetry, but these poems, or lyrical sentences as I feel they ...
My Reading Temple ♥
My Reading Temple ♥ rated it 3 years ago
Impregnato di Natura, essere etereo, anima, realtà. La mia rivelazione. ♥
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