First published in 1855 with Whitman's own money, Leaves of Grass is a highly sensual collection of verses that became a monument to American poetry.
The journalist, philosopher, clerk, and Civil War nurse spent the following four decades revising and expanding the work from twelve poems to a massive four-hundred-poem compilation. Celebrating nature and human sexuality with explicit imagery, his poetry was controversial but also drew high praise from the likes of Alfred Tennyson and D. H. Lawrence, who called him the "greatest modern poet."
With its sensuous and highly imaginative free-form verses, Walt Whitman's greatest masterpiece is now available in an elegantly designed clothbound edition with an elastic closure and a new introduction.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was a celebrated American poet, chiefly known for his controversial and highly original poetry collection Leaves of Grass. Born in 1819 on Long Island, he worked as a journalist, teacher, government clerk, and volunteer nurse during the Civil War. Whitman published his seminal work in 1855 with his own money, soon becoming one of the world's most popular and influential poets. After suffering a stroke in 1873 he retired to Camden, New Jersey, where he died nineteen years later-just two months after the final edition of Leaves of Grass appeared on sale.