Walt Whitman: Selected Poetry and Prose
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781554816767 / 1554816769
  • 200 pages; 7¾" x 9⅜"

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Walt Whitman: Selected Poetry and Prose

  • Publication Date: April 5, 2024
  • ISBN: 9781554816767 / 1554816769
  • 200 pages; 7¾" x 9⅜"

This compact edition offers a substantial selection of Whitman’s writing. Highlights include the full text of the 1855 Preface to Leaves of Grass, the 1855 text of the poem later titled “Song of Myself,” the complete “Live Oak, with Moss” sequence, numerous selections from the 1881 edition of Leaves of Grass, and several samples of Whitman’s early and late prose. The appendices include nineteenth-century reviews of Leaves of Grass, a selection of illustrations showing Whitman’s design choices for various editions of the book, and numerous portraits of the author.

This volume is one of a number of editions that have been drawn from the pages of the acclaimed Broadview Anthology of American Literature. The series is designed to make selections from the anthology available in a format convenient for use in a wide variety of contexts; each edition features an introduction and explanatory footnotes, and is designed to meet the needs of today’s students.

This edition departs from most other editions in the series in one important respect—its format. The large page size of the edition facilitates the reading of Whitman’s long lines of verse.


“Broadview and its editors have pulled off a minor miracle: It is terribly difficult to anthologize Whitman’s works well, and yet they’ve managed to avoid all the usual pitfalls, presenting the poet and his selected works in all their dazzling complexity and context, and providing readers perhaps the most compact, informative, and well-designed Whitman anthology I’ve seen printed this century. This book is destined to be a quintessential compendium, one to celebrate and sing.” — Zachary Turpin, University of Idaho

“With thoughtful annotations and illuminating context[ual materials], this edition is sure to interest experienced Whitman scholars and novices alike. It offers an accessible introduction to Whitman in all of his complexity, inviting readers into his vast and conflicting world. Careful not to oversimplify the ‘American bard,’ this edition instead offers us kaleidoscopic glimpses into Whitman as Civil War nurse, newspaper editor, political activist, racist, Abraham Lincoln elegist, travel writer, Manifest Destiny champion, patriot, lover, and more. Here Whitmanians will find new texts, angles, images, and provocations to enrich their scholarship. Meanwhile, newcomers to Whitman will find in this volume a writer whose words still resonate today.” — Abby Goode, Plymouth State University

Comments on The Broadview Anthology of American Literature

“[A] remarkable collection with good online teaching aids, stunning visuals, and a powerful emphasis on the inclusion of voices from every part of America.” — Abram Van Engen, Early American Literature

The Broadview Anthology of American Literature is, quite simply, a breakthrough. … Meticulously researched and expertly assembled, this anthology should be the new gold standard for scholars and teachers alike.” — Michael D’Alessandro, Duke University

“I am eager to teach with this anthology! It aligns with cutting-edge research through its selections, its introductions, and explanatory notes, and the texts are supplemented with primary documents that encourage teachers and students to think critically and dynamically.” — Koritha Mitchell, The Ohio State University



  • From 1855 Leaves of Grass
    • [Preface]
    • [Song of Myself]
  • From 1881 Leaves of Grass
    • from Inscriptions
      • One’s Self I Sing
      • from Children of Adam
      • I Sing the Body Electric
      • A Woman Waits for Me
      • Once I Pass’d Through a Populous City
    • from Calamus
      • 8 [Long I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me]
      • 9 [Hours continuing long, sore and heavy-hearted]
      • Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand
      • For You O Democracy
      • Recorders Ages Hence
      • When I Heard at the Close of the Day
      • Are You the New Person Drawn Toward Me?
      • Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes
      • City of Orgies
      • I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing
      • To a Stranger
      • This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful
      • When I Peruse the Conquer’d Fame
      • Here the Frailest Leaves of Me
      • A Glimpse
      • A Leaf for Hand in Hand
      • Earth, My Likeness
      • I Dream’d in a Dream
      • What Think You I Take My Pen in Hand?
      • To a Western Boy
      • O You Whom I Often and Silently Come
    • Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
    • Song of the Redwood-Tree
    • from Sea-Drift
      • Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
      • As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life
      • The World Below the Brine
    • from By the Roadside
      • When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
      • I Sit and Look Out
      • The Dalliance of the Eagles
      • A Farm Picture
      • The Runner
    • from Drum-Taps
      • Beat! Beat! Drums!
      • Cavalry Crossing a Ford
      • Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night
      • The Wound-Dresser
      • Long, Too Long America
      • Reconciliation
      • As I Lay With My Head in Your Lap Camerado
      • A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown
      • A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim
    • from Memories of President Lincoln
      • When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
      • O Captain! My Captain!
      • This Dust Was Once the Man
      • Hush’d Be the Camps To-day
    • from Autumn Rivulets
      • This Compost
      • The Sleepers
  • Live Oak, With Moss


  • Dumb Kate—An Early Death
  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle editorials
    • “Shall We Fight It Out?” (11 May 1846)
    • from “Our Territory on the Pacific” (7 July 1846)
  • from Democratic Vistas
  • from Specimen Days
    • Two Brooklyn Boys
    • The Wounded from Chancellorsville
    • Death of a Pennsylvania Soldier
    • The Real War Will Never Get In the Books
  • from November Boughs
    • Negro Slaves in New York
    • Paying the 1st USCT
  • New Orleans in 1848


  • 1855 Leaves of Grass [Song of Myself]
  • Whitman’s Correspondence with Emerson
  • Nineteenth-Century Reviews of Leaves of Grass
  • The Design of Leaves of Grass, 1855–60
  • Portraits of Whitman


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