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Publisher's Summary

One of the great innovators in American letters, Walt Whitman created a daringly new kind of poetry that became a major force in world literature. Leaves of Grass is his masterpiece, written in a pure, uninhibited style, combining sensual and mystical sensibilities. Its bold, joyous voice, its expansive optimism, and its transcendental vision made it uniquely American.Because Walt Whitman kept adding poems throughout his life to his original Leaves of Grass, this "death-bed edition" of 1892 is the most complete version of his finished work.
(P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"His first book of untitled free-verse poems would prove to be not only the single greatest poetic triumph to emerge from Transcendentalism but also the first collection of poetry uniquely American in vision, voice, form, and substance." (Masterpieces of World Literature)
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By Chrisopher on 08-23-09


I started listening in the middle because I wanted to hear the Sea Drift poems. The narration of "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" seemed reasonable . I was skeptical when the narrator began chanting italicized portions . Once my ear was attuned it seemed very fitting, like some ancient incantations .

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26 of 27 people found this review helpful

By April Antoniou on 02-08-13

No chapters! Can't skip to a particular poem :(

The poetry is beautiful, wonderfully narrated. However, I am required to read certain parts for school and there is no way in the Audible manager or the app to navigate to a specific poem. This is a terrible flaw - anyone should be able to look through the listing of poems and click on which one(s) he or she wants to hear, whether for school or for pleasure. Poor design. Unfortunately, there's no "rating" for this technical aspect of the audiobook.

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22 of 23 people found this review helpful

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