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Walt Whitman: Selected Poems (American Poets Project) [Hardcover]

By Walt Whitman (Author) & Harold Bloom (Editor)
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The author of The Western Canon surveys Walt Whitman's significant poetic works, from early notebook fragments of Song of Myself to the late poems of Good-bye my Fancy.

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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."

Citations And Professional Reviews
Walt Whitman: Selected Poems (American Poets Project) by Walt Whitman & Harold Bloom has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 793
  • Booklist - 03/15/2003 page 1269
  • Library Journal - 05/01/2003 page 117
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 612

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Studio: Library of America
Pages   225
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.76" Width: 4.82" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 27, 2003
Publisher   Library of America
Age  18
ISBN  1931082324  
ISBN13  9781931082327  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Walt Whitman (1819-1892) revolutionized American poetry through the eleven editions of his magnum opus, Leaves of Grass, a celebration of the dynamism and diversity of a still-young America. Drum-Taps, first published in 1865, was written out of his experience as a nurse during the Civil War. It is a collection, he once wrote in a letter to a friend, "put together by fits and starts, on the field, in the hospitals as I worked with the soldier boys."
Lawrence Kramer is an author and composer who has often addressed Whitman's poetry in both capacities. He has set several of the poems from Drum-Taps to music and edited the essay collection Walt Whitman and Modern Music. Kramer is Distinguished Professor of English and Music at Fordham University.

Walt Whitman lived in Long Island, in the state of New York. Walt Whitman was born in 1819 and died in 1892.

Walt Whitman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. American Poets Project

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Authors, A-Z > ( W ) > Whitman, Walt
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Single Authors > United States
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > 19th Century
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A fair representation of the representative American poet   Apr 25, 2005
This collection contains twenty- four pieces from the work of America's greatest poet. Whitman is the quintessential American poet the one who speaks for the heart of the nation, the great cataloguer of its vast varied landscape and life. Great poems such as "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed" and " I sing the body electric" provide the reader here with a true sense of Whitman's work.
Whitman with all his greatness can at times be plodding and tiring, and turn the open- road catalogue into a formula-like list. But mostly he is the celebrator of the American people in their great outward expansion through their own cosmic continent.
This work is represents fairly the one who even in his own time Emerson saw as the great representative American poet.
Good introduction to Whitman  Sep 18, 2003
This review is about the Dover Thrift Editions publication entitled "Walt Whitman Selected Poems" [Unabridged]. 119 pgs.

If you are any kind of fan or student of Walt Whitman, you probably own (or at least know of) "Leaves of Grass", which is THE definitive collection of Whitman's work, as it contains virtually all of his poems. Over the course of his lifetime, he continually added, revised and reorganized his material, right up until his death in 1892. Several additional poems were added to the 1897 posthumous edition, but the 24 poems chosen for this particular collection ("Selected Poems") appear unabridged and in the original chronology, as they appeared in the final Whitman edition of `Leaves' in 1892.

The Table of Contents lists both the names of the poems and the Section titles under which they fall in `Leaves', for easy cross-reference if you feel so inclined. In the rear of this book are two lists that readers who are already familiar with Whitman's work might find helpful for easier reference - Alphabetical List of Titles & Alphabetical List of First Lines - although readers who are new to Whitman may find no use in them at all.

In short, this book is good (and CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP!!!) for those who merely wish to acquaint themselves with one of America's most well known 19th century Poets. However, if you already have an appreciation for Whitman, you might do better sticking with `Leaves of Grass' (which you probably already own or have read anyway!). I have given this book 4 stars, from a new student perspective. It would have been nice to have a little bit of biographical info on Whitman to round out the experience, but you can't beat this book for the price!


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