• Préfigurant l'oeuvre d'un des plus grands poètes américains, voici six nouvelles de Walt Whitman, inédites en France et demeurées dans l'ombre jusqu'en 1927. Elles illustrent certains aspects de l'Amérique des années 1840 et comportent quelques gros plans sur des faits de société, mais sont aussi le reflet d'une période de la vie de Whitman, où, contraint d'abandonner New York pour Long Island, il exerça la charge d'instituteur itinérant pendant cinq ans.
    Exemplaires de l'esthétique littéraire américaine du XIXe siècle, elles annoncent la thématique et le style de Feuilles d'Herbe, publié dix ans plus tard.

  • Vie et aventures de Jack Engle est un roman feuilleton publié en 1852, dans le journal new-yorkais The Sunday Dispatch. Ce récit retrace l'histoire de Jack, un gamin des rues new-yorkaises recueilli par un marchand ambulant. Quelques années plus tard, son bienfaiteur décide de placer le jeune homme chez Cover, un avocat crapuleux, dans l'espoir qu'il fera carrière. Or, par un hasard des plus dramatiques, le héros se retrouve plongé dans le mystère de ses origines...
    Cette critique sociale sous forme de fiction rend en quelque sorte hommage à Dickens. Walt Whitman (1819-1892) est avec Emily Dickinson l'une des deux grandes figures de la poésie américaine du XIXe siècle. En 1855, il publia à compte d'auteur son « chant général », Feuilles d'herbe, recueil de poésie en vers libre révolutionnaire par sa forme autant que par ses thèmes, qu'il révisa et réorganisa jusqu'à la fin de sa vie en 1892. Peu d'oeuvres ont suscité autant de controverses dans l'histoire de la littérature.

  • Walt Whitman (1819-1892) s'est imposé comme le « poète américain » en un recueil, Feuilles d'herbe, qu'il n'aura de cesse de remanier et d'augmenter tout au long de sa vie.
    Il en ouvre la première édition, en 1855, par une préface, véritable manifeste et déclaration d'indépendance de l'Amérique littéraire. Il s'empare de la mythologie nationale alors naissante, et écrit, avec son souffle visionnaire, l'idéal américain : il chante la splendeur de la nature et les grands espaces, l'esprit de Frontière, la démocratie, l'individualisme...
    Figure de la marginalité, guide mystique de la Nation, Whitman ouvre ainsi la route aux prophètes de la beat generation.

  • Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a new voice and style into American letters and gave expression to an optimistic, bombastic vision that took the nation as its subject. Unlike many other editions of Leaves of Grass, which reproduce various short, early versions, this Modern Library Paperback Classics "Death-bed" edition presents everything Whitman wrote in its final form, and includes newly commissioned notes.

  • The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Whitman contains forty-two of the American master's poems, including "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," "Song of Myself," "I Hear America Singing," "Halcyon Days," and an index of first lines.

  • Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as 'disgraceful.' And Ralph Waldo Emerson found Leaves of Grass 'the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed,' calling it a 'combination of the Bhagavad Gita and the New York Herald.' Published at the author's own expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass initially consisted of a preface, twelve untitled poems in free verse (including the work later titled 'Song of Myself' which Malcolm Cowley called 'one of the great poems of modern times'), and a now-famous portrait of a devil-may-care Walt Whitman in a workman's shirt. Over the next four decades,
    Whitman continually expanded and revised the book as he took on the role of a workingman's bard who championed American nationalism, political democracy, contemporary progress, and unashamed sex. This volume, which contains 383 poems, is the final 'Deathbed Edition' published in 1892.

  • Whitman’s uniquely revealing impressions of the people, places, and events of his time--with a brilliant new introduction by Leslie Jamison, author of the bestselling The Empathy Exams.
    One of the most creative and individual poets America has produced, Walt Whitman was also a prolific diarist, note-taker, and essayist whose intimate observations and reflections have profoundly deepened understanding of nineteenth-century American life. Specimen Days and Collect, first published in 1882, is a choice collection of Whitman’s uniquely revealing impressions of the people, places, and events of his time, principally the era of the Civil War and its aftermath.
    On page after page, a vast panorama of American life unfolds, and with it rare glimpse of Whitman as poet, empathetic observer, and romantic wanderer. From his years as a wartime nurse in Washington, D.C., come touching glimpses of the dead and dying in military hospitals, memories of Abraham Lincoln, and vivid impressions of the nation’s capital in a time of great crisis.
    Whitman’s travel yields memorable recollections of Boston, the Hudson Valley, a walk through Central Park, Niagara Falls, the City of Denver, and more. Along with the famed essay “Democratic Vistas,” there are scenes from the poet’s childhood, touching tributes to songbirds, wildflowers, friendship and freedom; impressions of the music of Beethoven, reflections on a last visit to Emerson, the deaths of Lincoln and Longfellow and the painful process of aging.
    Deeply felt and vividly expressed, Specimen Days and Collect is a richly rewarding experience, a rare excursion into the mind and heard of one of America’s greatest poets--and the America his poetry so richly commemorated.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • 'All nations, colors, barbarisms, civilizations, languages...'A selection taken from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Whitman's works available in Penguin Classics are Leaves of Grass and The Complete Poems.

  • TO YOU, IDLER. UP!Though your limbs may be corpulent and weary from your sedentary repose, your head a-thunder from an evening of indulgence, your spirit weary from the wretched nine-to-five - fret not, dear man, for within these pages are strategies to replenish and rejuvenate your manly health and well-being.Heed not those who would have you join a house of muscled exertion and toss your technological flim-flam into the long grass. Attend instead to the most gentlemanly of guides, esteemed man of letters Walt Whitman, who will advise on the most vital qualities of health and training for fellows of all ages and inclinations.Undiscovered and unutilized for more than 150 years, here are the choice extracts from Mr Whitman's manifesto, which will provide you with a complete and exact science of manly virtue and vigour.

  • A giftable, illustrated collection of quotes and pithy advice--equal parts self-help and grooming guide--by quintessential American poet and writer Walt Whitman.
    In 1858, famed American author Walt Whitman penned a series of newspaper columns under a pseudonym on the subject of “manly health and training,” shortly before his landmark third edition of Leaves of Grass was published. Recently discovered for the first time in 150 years, the fascinating manifesto contains the renowned poet’s advice and musings on topics such as diet, exercise, grooming, alcohol, dancing, sports, and more. This short collection presents more than 75 of his best quips, quotes, and extracts on healthy living, all in Whitman’s signature lyrical prose style.

  • A collectible new Penguin Classics series: stunning, clothbound editions of ten favourite poets, which present each poet's most famous book of verse as it was originally published. Published by the acclaimed Coralie Bickford-Smith and beautifully set, these slim, A format volumes are the ultimate gift for poetry lovers. In 1855 Walt Whitman published his first collection of poetry, Leaves of Grass. The volume received great praise from leading Transcendentalist poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. This encouraged what would become a lifelong project as Whitman expanded and rewrote the volume until his death in 1892. Whitman's innovative use of free verse and the quotidian achieved his aim of reaching out to the everyday American. This edition, based on the earliest published version of 1855, features Whitman's most famous poem 'Song of Myself', an American epic inspired by his personal experiences.

  • This carefully crafted ebook: "Song of Myself: The First Edition of 1855 + The Death Bed Edition of 1892" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.
    "Song of Myself" is a poem by Walt Whitman that is included in his work Leaves of Grass. It has been credited as "representing the core of Whitman's poetic vision". The poem was first published without sections as the first of twelve untitled poems in the first (1855) edition of Leaves of Grass. The first edition was published by Whitman at his own expense. In 1856 it was called "A Poem of Walt Whitman, an American" and in 1860 it was simply termed "Walt Whitman."
    Walter "Walt" Whitman (1819 - 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.

  • This carefully crafted ebook: "The Complete Poetry of Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass (1855 & 1892) + Old Age Echoes + Uncollected and Rejected Poems" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.
    Table of Contents:
    The Poetry Collections:
    Leaves of Grass, 1855
    Leaves of Grass, 1892
    Old Age Echoes
    Uncollected and Rejected Poems
    Walter "Walt" Whitman (1819 - 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.

  • This carefully crafted ebook: "Leaves Of Grass: The First Edition of 1855 + The Death Bed Edition of 1892" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.
    Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by Walt Whitman. Though the first edition was published in 1855, Whitman spent his entire life writing Leaves of Grass, revising it in several editions until his death. Whitman was intentional in not organizing the book in any chronological way. Instead, he was concerned with the journey of the poetry. He desired that the reader would see a self formed through the words and themes of the book. He writes poems of a political, social, personal, and sexual nature, all ideas that he will elaborate on in later sections.
    Walt Whitman published and designed The First Edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855. The edition included twelve untitled poems, which were named in later editions. He included no mention of the author, only his name on the copyright and in one line of the first poem, which is later titled "Song of Myself".
    Whitman's final edition, the 1891-92 edition, also known as "The Deathbed Edition," is simply grammatical corrections of the 1881 edition, and the addition of "November Boughs" as a supplement, "Good-Bye my Fancy" as a second supplement, and "A Backward Glance O'er Travell'd Roads" as the closing essay.
    Walter "Walt" Whitman (1819 - 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.

  • Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de Walt Whitman. Ce volume de soixante poèmes choisis de Walt Whitman ne se veut pas un simple recueil, mais un tout vivant extrait de façon raisonnée du millier de pages de l'édition complète des "Feuilles d'herbe". Le public y trouvera assez de substance pour comprendre ce chef-d'oeuvre de la littérature américaine, en admirer les proportions et la beauté profonde. Composé dans sa première édition d'une douzaine de poèmes, "Feuilles d'herbe" a évolué tout au long de la vie de l'auteur pour compter dans la dernière version publiée quelque 411 poèmes, dont beaucoup ont été réécrits plusieurs fois. "Feuilles d'herbe" est donc le fruit d'un processus complexe, fait de croissance, mais aussi de sédimentation. L'oeuvre entière laisse deviner ses strates successives mais chaque poème est un organisme autonome dont ce recueil a souhaité préserver l'intégrité. Les soixante textes sont suivis d'une biographie de Walt Whitman et d'une étude historique et critique de "Feuilles d'herbe".

  • Camarade, ceci n'est pas un livre -
    Qui touche ceci touche un homme.
    Walt Whitman
    « Il faut que je confesse que moi, un Toscan, un Italien, un Latin, je n'ai pas senti ce que voulait dire la poésie en lisant Virgile ou Dante et encore moins Pétrarque et le Tasse, poètes de luxe et par conséquent plus hommes de lettres que poètes, mais bien en lisant les énumérations puériles et les invocations passionnées du bon faucheur des Feuilles d'Herbe. » Giovanni Papini, Ritratti Stranieri, 1908-1921.

  • In 1855 Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass, the work which defined him as one of America's most influential voices, and which he added to throughout his life. A collection of astonishing originality and intensity, it spoke of politics, sexual emancipation and what it meant to be an American. From the joyful 'Song of Myself' and 'I Sing the Body Electric' to the elegiac 'When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd', Whitman's art fuses oratory, journalism and song in a vivid celebration of humanity.


  • When Walt Whitman self-published Leaves of Grass in 1855 it was a slim volume of twelve poems and he was a journalist and poet from Long Island, little-known but full of ambition and poetic fire. To give a new voice to the new nation shaken by civil war, he spent his entire life revising and adding to the work, but his initial act of bravado in answering Ralph Waldo Emerson's call for a national poet has made Whitman the quintessential American writer. This rich cross-section of his work includes poems from throughout Whitman's lifetime as published on his deathbed edition of 1891, short stories, his prefaces to the many editions of Leaves of Grass, and a variety of prose selections, including Democratic Vistas, Specimen Days, and Slang in America.

  • "I celebrate myself,
    And what I assume you shall assume,
    For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
    I loafe and invite my soul,
    I lean and loafe at my ease....observing a spear of summer grass."
    So begins Leaves of Grass, the first great American poem and indeed, to this day, the greatest and most essentially American poem in all our national literature.
    The publication of Leaves of Grass in July 1855 was a landmark event in literary history. Ralph Waldo Emerson judged the book "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed." Nothing like the volume had ever appeared before. Everything about it--the unusual jacket and title page, the exuberant preface, the twelve free-flowing, untitled poems embracing every realm of experience--was new. The 1855 edition broke new ground in its relaxed style, which prefigured free verse; in its sexual candor; in its images of racial bonding and democratic togetherness; and in the intensity of its affirmation of the sanctity of the physical world.
    This Anniversary Edition captures the typeface, design and layout of the original edition supervised by Whitman himself. Today's readers get a sense of the "ur-text" of Leaves of Grass, the first version of this historic volume, before Whitman made many revisions of both format and style. The volume also boasts an afterword by Whitman authority David Reynolds, in which he discusses the 1855 edition in its social and cultural contexts: its background, its reception, and its contributions to literary history. There is also an appendix containing the early responses to the volume, including Emerson's letter, Whitman's three self-reviews, and the twenty other known reviews published in various newspapers and magazines.
    This special volume will be a must-have keepsake for fans of Whitman and lovers of American poetry.

  • Anglais Leaves of Grass

    Whitman Walt

    Ralph Waldo Emerson issued a call for a great poet to capture and immortalize the unique American experience. In 1855, an answer came with Leaves of Grass.
    Today, this masterful collection remains not only a seminal event in American literature but also the incomparable achievement of one of America's greatest poets-'an exuberant, passionate man who loved his country and wrote of it as no other has ever done. Walt Whitman was a singer, thinker, visionary, and citizen extraordinaire. Thoreau called Whitman 'probably the greatest democrat that ever lived,' and Emerson judged Leaves of Grass as 'the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed.'
    The text presented here is that of the 'Deathbed' or ninth edition of Leaves of Grass, published in 1892. The content and grouping of poems is the version authorized by Whitman himself for the final and complete edition of his masterpiece.
    With a foreword by Billy Collins, an afterword by Peter Davison, and a new introduction by Elisabeth Panttaja Brink

  • In December of 1862, having read his brother's name in a casualty list, Walt Whitman rushed from Brooklyn to the war front, where he found his brother wounded but recovering. But Whitman also found there a "new world," a world dense with horror and revelation.
    Memoranda During the War is Whitman's testament to the anguish, heroism, and terror of the Civil War. The book consists of journal entries extending from Whitman's arrival on the front in 1862 through to the war's conclusion in 1865. Whitman details his encounters with soldiers and doctors, meditates on particular battles and on the meanings of the war for the nation, and recounts his wordless though peculiarly intimate public exchanges with President Lincoln, a man Whitman saw often on the streets of Washington and by whom he was deeply fascinated. The book offers an astounding amalgam of death portraits, anecdotes of battle, last words, messages to distant loved ones, and remarkably restrained and muted descriptions of pain, dismemberment, and dying--all of it, however grim, suffused with Whitman's undiminished enthusiasm and affection for these young soldiers. And throughout, we find Whitman laboring with heroic determination to sustain and nourish his once-ardent faith in America and American life, even as the nation unleashed unprecedented violence upon itself. The book also includes Whitman's famous speech "The Death of Abraham Lincoln," selected poems, and a letter to the parents of a deceased soldier.
    Edited and introduced by Peter Coviello, Memoranda During the War is a powerful portrait of a nation at war written by one of our greatest poets.

  • Anglais Leaves of Grass

    Whitman Walt

    'I am large, I contain multitudes'
    When Walt Whitman self-published his Leaves of Grass in July 1855, he altered the course of literary history. One of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, it redefined the rules of poetry while describing the soul of the American character.
    Throughout his great career, Whitman continuously revised, expanded, and republished Leaves of Grass, but many critics believe that the book that matters most is the 1855 original. Penguin Classics proudly presents that text in its original and complete form, with an introductory essay by the writer and poet Malcolm Cowley.
    'I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
    And what I assume you shall assume,
    For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.'

  • Walt Whitman worked as a nurse in an army hospital during the Civil War and published Drum-Taps, his war poems, as the war was coming to an end. Later, the book came out in an expanded form, including “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd,” Whitman's passionate elegy for Lincoln. The most moving and enduring poetry to emerge from America’s most tragic conflict, Drum-Taps also helped to create a new, modern poetry of war, a poetry not just of patriotic exhortation but of somber witness. Drum-Taps is thus a central work not only of the Civil War but of our war-torn times.
    But Drum-Taps as readers know it from Leaves of Grass is different from the work of 1865. Whitman cut and reorganized the book, reducing its breadth of feeling and raw immediacy. This edition, the first to present the book in its original form since its initial publication 150 years ago, is a revelation, allowing one of Whitman’s greatest achievements to appear again in all its troubling glory.

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