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Walt Whitman

Selected Poems 1855-1892

Walt Whitman; Edited by Gary Schmidgall

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Schmidgall, author of Walt Whitman: A Gay Life and several other studies, delivers an edition of Whitman that, at long last, lives up to the poet’s initial intentions. This new volume presents over 200 poems in their original form and chronology, thereby retrieving the candor and exuberance Whitman displayed in the creative and sexual prime of his life. Walt Whitman: Selected Poems 1855-1892 also includes the poet’s major prose discussions of his verse, his four elegies for Lincoln, his earliest poems, and many contemporary—and sometimes blistering—reviews of his fearless, explicit, and uncompromised work.

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"Finally, an edition of Whitman that doesn't overwhelm with too much material or starve with too little. Perfect for the classroom...presenting the best poems in their original form, when they were still closest to Whitman's inspiration."-- Ed Folsom, Whitman scholar and editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly

"It's as if the silk cloth has dropped from the monument-- here at last in all its rugged, gleaming grandeur. Gary Schmidgall's thrilling new edition of Whitman restores the poet's true voice-- at once radical and intimate, tender and triumphant. This book vividly reminds us that Whitman's poems are the soul's-cry and heart's-blood of the American imagination."-- J. D. McClatchy, critic and poet

"A valuable new collection...present[ing] all the poems in their first published form."-- The New York Times Book Review

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  • Walt Whitman; Edited by Gary Schmidgall

  • Gary Schmidgall is the author of several studies of Shakespeare and biographies of Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman. He has been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Mellon and Guggenheim Foundations.
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Selected Poems 1855-1892

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