by Isaac Gewirtz
Walt Whitman's publication of Leaves of Grass, on July 4, 1855, stands as one of the more improbable achievements in American literary history. Today, 150 years after its first appearance, Leaves of Grass remains disturbingly honest, demanding, and inimitable.
The illustrated companion volume to the exhibition I Am with You by Isaac Gewirtz, Curator of the Library's renowned Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, explores and dissects the benign image of 'the good gray poet.' This candid appreciation of the poet and his poetry includes frank appraisals of his views on racism, homosexuality, and women's rights, yet always discerns the golden thread of Whitman's intention: that a new American man and woman might join him on a 'perpetual journey' of self-realization, discovering along the way that 'All truths wait in all things.'
Paperback, b/w illustrations, 52 pages.
Item Number: 0871044560