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Introduction to Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"
Transcript of Introduction to Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"
Walt Whitman's first book of poetry, Leaves of Grass, was first published on July 4, 1855. Having worked as a printer, Whitman did most of the typesetting for the book, as well as entirely funding it's publication with his own money.
Finding the time
Whitman had his poems published when he found the time, mostly in between working other commercial publishing jobs. Of the first edition, 795 copies were printed.
Iconic Image of the Poet
The book was originally published without the name of an author, though an image of Whitman did appear in the book. The authors names was however included about 500 lines into the poem:
Walt Whitman am I, a Kosmos, of mighty Manhattan the son,
Turbulent, fleshy and sensual, eating, drinking and breeding;
No sentimentalist—no stander above men and women, or apart from them;
No more modest than immodest.