Summary: This edition is based on the venerable Norton Critical Edition of Leaves of Grass (1973), edited by the late Scully Bradley and Harold Blodgett. The new text inclusions are "Live Oak, with Moss" and prose selections from Democratic Vistas and Specimen Days. Throughout, the explanatory annotations have been revised and expanded.
"Whitman on His Art" presents a collection of Whitman's statements about his role as a poet taken from his note ...show morebooks, letters, conversations, and newspaper articles.
"Criticism" collects eighteen essays, eleven of them new to this edition, including those by Fanny Fern, Henry David Thoreau, Anne Gilchrist, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, David S. Reynolds, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Michael Moon, John Irwin, Allen Grossman, and Betsy Erkkila.
A Chronology, a Selected Bibliography, and an Index of Titles are included. ...show less