Leaves of Grass

Description Leaves of Grass had its genesis in an 1844 essay entitled “The Poet,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, which expressed the need for the United States to have its own new and unique poet to write about the young country's virtues and vices. Whitman, reading the essay, consciously set out to answer Emerson's call and drafted the twelve poems that make up this book. He spent much of his professional life writing and re-writing Leaves of Grass, revising it multiple times until his death. This resulted in vastly different editions over four decades—from this first small book to the final edition of a massive compilation of over 400 poems.
Author/Photographer Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
Publisher Brooklyn, New York: Walt Whitman; Printed by Rome Brothers
Date 1855
Extent xii, [13]-95, [1] pages, [1] leaf of plates : 1 illustration ; 29 cm
Institution Kent State University
Repository Special Collections and Archives
Provenance/Collection From the library of A. Edward Newton
LC Classification Number PS3201 1855
Portion Digitized Image of front cover only
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