Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays

Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essays

By: Ed Folsom (editor), Susan Belasco (editor), Kenneth M. Price (editor), Susan Belasco (contributor), Kenneth M. Price (contributor), Ed Folsom (contributor)Paperback

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This comprehensive volume celebrates the 150th anniversary of the 1855 edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass with twenty essays by preeminent scholars representing a variety of critical perspectives that focus exclusively on the original edition. Once regarded as primarily a collector's item, this edition is now viewed as the poet's most bold and compelling articulation of the possibilities of American democracy. The essays weave a rich tapestry of the most current, innovative criticism on this foundational book of American poetry. The contributors treat Whitman's poetry, his biography, his politics, his reception in the United States and abroad, race and ethnic issues, nineteenth-century America, and even the complex typographical history of the first edition of Leaves of Grass. The volume also includes a tribute from the renowned poet Galway Kinnell.

About Author

Susan Belasco is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the editor of Whitman's Poems in Periodicals for The Walt Whitman Archive. Ed Folsom is the Carver Professor of English at the University of Iowa, coeditor of The Walt Whitman Archive, and editor of Whitman East and West: New Contexts for Reading Walt Whitman. Kenneth M. Price is the Hillegass Professor of American Literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, coeditor of The Walt Whitman Archive, and the author of To Walt Whitman, America. Contributors: Susan Belasco, Lawrence Buell, Matt Cohen, Betsy Erkkila, Ed Folsom, Thomas C. Gannon, Ted Genoways, Jay Grossman, Walter Grunzweig, M. Jimmie Killingsworth, Galway Kinnell, Donald D. Kummings, Jerome Loving, Joel Myerson, William Pannapacker, Vivian R. Pollak, Kenneth M. Price, David S. Reynolds, M. Wynn Thomas, and Alan Trachtenberg


Acknowledgments List of Illustrations List of AbbreviationsIntroductionSusan Belasco, Ed Folsom, Kenneth M. Price 1. What We're Still Learning about the 1855 Leaves of Grass 150 Years LaterEd Folsom Part 1. Foregrounding the First Edition 2. Whitman, Marx, and the American 1848Betsy Erkkila3. United States and States United: Whitman's National Vision in 1855M. Wynn Thomas4. Reading the First Edition "One Goodshaped and Wellhung Man": Accentuated Sexuality and the Uncertain Authorship of the Frontispiece to the 1855 Edition of Leaves of GrassTed Genoways 5. Whitman at Night: "The Sleepers" in 1855Alan Trachtenberg 6. Complaints from the Spotted Hawk: Flights and Feathers in Whitman's 1855 Leaves of GrassThomas C. Gannon Part 2. Contextualizing the First Edition 7. Leaves of Grass and the Poetry Marketplace of Antebellum AmericaSusan Belasco 8. Leaves of Grass (1855) and the Cities of Whitman's MemoryWilliam Pannapacker 9. The Lost Negress of "Song of Myself" and the Jolly Young Wenches of Civil War WashingtonKenneth M. Price 10. "Bringing Help for the Sick": Whitman and Prophetic BiographyVivian R. Pollak Part 3. After-Effects 11. The Visionary and the Visual in Whitman's PoeticsM. Jimmie Killingsworth 12. Walt Whitman as an Eminent VictorianLawrence Buell 13. "To Reach the Workmen Direct": Horace Traubel and the Work of the 1855 Edition of Leaves of GrassMatt Cohen 14. "Profession of the calamus": Whitman, Eliot, MatthiessenJay Grossman 15. Whitman and the Cold War: The Centenary Celebration of Leaves of Grass in Eastern EuropeWalter Grunzweig Part 4. The Life Behind the Book 16. "A Southerner as Soon as a Northerner": Writing Walt Whitman's BiographyJerome Loving 17. Why I Write Cultural Biography: The Backgrounds of Walt Whitman's AmericaDavid S. Reynolds 18. Songs of Myself; or, Confessions of a Whitman CollectorJoel Myerson19. A Poet Responds "Strong Is Your Hold": My Encounters with WhitmanGalway Kinnell Part 5. The Critical Response 20. The First Leaves of Grass: A BibliographyDonald D. Kummings ContributorsIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9780803260009
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 503
  • ID: 9780803260009
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 0803260008

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