The Portable Walt Whitman (Paperback)

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When Walt Whitman self-published "Leaves of Grass" in 1855 it was a slim volume of twelve poems and he was a journalist and poet from Long Island, little-known but full of ambition and poetic fire. To give a new voice to the new nation shaken by civil war, he spent his entire life revising and adding to the work, but his initial act of bravado in answering Ralph Waldo Emerson's call for a national poet has made Whitman the quintessential American writer. This rich cross-section of his work includes poems from throughout Whitman's lifetime as published on his deathbed edition of 1891, short stories, his prefaces to the many editions of "Leaves of Grass," and a variety of prose selections, including "Democratic Vistas, Specimen Days," and "Slang in America.

About the Author


Walt Whitman (West Hills, Estado de Nova Iorque, 1819; Camden, Nova Jersei, 1892). Poeta, jornalista, escritor. Mudou-se para o Brooklyn em 1824, onde frequentou escola publica, trabalhou em escritorios ate entrar para tipografia como aprendiz em 1834. Nesse oficio tambem aprendeu a profissao de jornalista. Trabalhou em muitos jornais do Brooklyn e Nova Iorque e militou na politica partidaria. Em 1848 vai a Nova Orleans como editor na equipe do The Crescent. Fica apenas tres meses. Em 1849 abandona a politica para se dedicar a poesia. Em 1855 publica a primeira edicao de Folhas de Relva. O poema central e "Cancao de Mim Mesmo," uma elegia ao "eu." Em 1856, publica a segunda edicao e em 1860 a terceira. A ultima e a do Leito de Morte, de 1891-92. Em 1862 muda-se para Washington e percorre o cenario da Guerra de Secessao, iniciando seu trabalho de enfermeiro voluntario nos hospitais da capital. No periodo em Washington escreve Repiques de Tambor e Memorias do Presidente Lincoln. Em 1873 tem um ataque de paralisia e perde a mae. Em 1874 muda-se para Camden, Nova Jersei, onde reside ate o fim da vida.

Michael Warner is professor of English at Rulgers University. His most recent works include American Sermons: The Pilgrims to Martin Luther King, and his essays and journalism have appeared in the Village Voice, the Nation, and other magazines.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780142437681
ISBN-10: 0142437689
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: December 30th, 2003
Pages: 608
Language: English