Walt Whitman: Representative Selections, with Introduction, Bibliography, and Notes

Walt Whitman: Representative Selections, with Introduction, Bibliography, and Notes

Walt Whitman: Representative Selections, with Introduction, Bibliography, and Notes

Walt Whitman: Representative Selections, with Introduction, Bibliography, and Notes

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This volume aims to make available to the student and general reader the best of Whitman poetry, together with representative selections of his prose, so presented as to illustrate his development as man and poet and the comprehensive reach of his thought. The introduction and notes, which are intended to be suggestive rather than final in their conclusions, have been written with this aim in mind.

The poems are arranged as nearly as possible in chronological order. The date of first publication is placed at the end of each poem at the right side of the page; if the date of composition is known to be materially different, that date is placed at the left side of the page in italics.

By special arrangement with Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc., publishers, I have been permitted to use the following texts: for the poems and A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Roads, the 1891-2 edition of Leaves of Grass; for the Preface of 1855, the first edition of Leaves of Grass of that date; and for all other prose selections, the Complete Prose Works of 1892.

My obligations are many. I wish, in particular, to thank Professor Killis Campbell, of the University of Texas, for his critical reading of the introduction and notes, though I assume sole responsibility for the views there expressed, and for advice in the selection of the poems. I am also much indebted to the general editor of this series, Professor Harry H. Clark, of the University of Wisconsin, for his valuable assistance and unfailing sympathy.

FLOYD STOVALL

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