This Supplement Edition: Leaves of Grass 1855 Edition is intended to be used in conjunction with the classbook text Original Leaves of Grass 1855 Edition (see below). The supplementary materials gathered from many sources, are arranged around student questions, with a section devoted to opinions about specific poems in the 1855 edition. The critical observations often contradict each other, as opinions about Whitman and his book were quite divided. Edited by Sasha Newborn. ISBN 978-0-942208-37-5. 243pp.
Leaves of Grass stands as an American Testament, the first full, free expression of the enormity of the American experience. Whitman was by far the first American poet to reject all the conventions of European poetry: pastoral references to Greek or Roman mythology, rhyme, meter, witty bonmots, structure, or any emulation of any text that had gone before. What he did bring out was the expansiveness and teeming variety of American life, embracing it all. He broke all expectations, and established a new beginning for American writers. Humanist editing by Sasha Newborn.
This student edition is available at www.createspace.com/3675901. Be sure to have the college bookstore get the discount code from us at firstname.lastname@example.org before ordering. Orders of 5 or more copies qualify for the discount. ISBN 978-0-942208-08-5. Perfectbound. 146pp.