Walt Whitman: Selected Poems

by Walt Whitman
Editor Harold Bloom

Library of America | January 27, 2003 | Hardcover

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Harold Bloom, author of "The Western Canon" and one of the world''s most renowned literary critics, surveys Walt Whitman''s vast poetic work, from early notebook fragments of "Song of Myself" to the late poems of "Good-bye My Fancy,"

Format: Hardcover

Published: January 27, 2003

Publisher: Library of America

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1931082324

ISBN - 13: 9781931082327

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Walt Whitman: Selected Poems

by Walt Whitman
Editor Harold Bloom

Format: Hardcover

Published: January 27, 2003

Publisher: Library of America

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1931082324

ISBN - 13: 9781931082327

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Harold Bloom, author of "The Western Canon" and one of the world''s most renowned literary critics, surveys Walt Whitman''s vast poetic work, from early notebook fragments of "Song of Myself" to the late poems of "Good-bye My Fancy,"

About the Author

Walt Whitman was born on Long Island and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a carpenter. He left school when he was 11 years old to take a variety of jobs. By the time he was 15, Whitman was living on his own in New York City, working as a printer and writing short pieces for newspapers. He spent a few years teaching, but most of his work was either in journalism or politics. Gradually, Whitman became a regular contributor to a variety of Democratic Party newspapers and reviews, and early in his career established a rather eccentric way of life, spending a great deal of time walking the streets, absorbing life and talking with laborers. Extremely fond of the opera, he used his press pass to spend many evenings in the theater. In 1846, Whitman became editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, a leading Democratic newspaper. Two years later, he was fired for opposing the expansion of slavery into the west. Whitman's career as a poet began in 1885, with the publication of the first edition of his poetry collection, Leaves of Grass. The book was self-published (Whitman probably set some of the type himself), and despite his efforts to publicize it - including writing his own reviews - few people read it. One reader who did appreciate it was essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote a letter greeting Whitman at "the beginning of a great career." Whitman's poetry was unlike any verse that had ever been seen. Written without rhyme, in long, loose lines, filled with poetic lists and exclamati
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