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Simon & Schuster
April 04, 2005
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Excerpt from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
IN JANUARY 1892, a few months before his death at the age of seventy-two, a world-famous resident of Camden, New Jersey, prepared this announcement for the press:
Walt Whitman wishes respectfully to notify the public that the book Leaves of Grass, which he has been working on at great intervals and partially issued for the past thirty-five or forty years, is now completed, so to call it, and he would like this new 1892 edition to absolutely supersede all previous ones. Faulty as it is, he decides it is by far his special and entire self-chosen poetic utterance.
The 1892 Leaves of Grass, for sentimental and promotional reasons dubbed the "Deathbed Edition" by Whitman's literary executors and his Philadelphia publisher, was a bulky volume of 438 pages and almost as many poems. Some were love lyrics, candid and explicit celebrations of sexuality, visionary musings, glimpses of nightmare and ecstasy, poems of loneliness, loss, and mourning, among them Whitman's supreme elegy for Abraham Lincoln, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." Others ' "Song of Myself," "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," and "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," for example ' were personal testaments that also epitomized American vision and experience in the nineteenth century.
The "ensemble," as Whitman liked to call the organized totality of his work, was willful and far too inclusive, showing him at his worst as well as his incomparable best; it is best read selectively, at least the first time. But "faulty" as it was, the final Leaves of Grass was so much the fulfillment of his entire life ' its shaping "desire and conviction" ' that he thought of it as a person, his sole comfort and heart's companion.
Camerado, this is no book,
Who touches this touches a man,
(Is it night are we here together alone )
It is I you hold and who holds you,
I spring from the pages into your arms . . .