The 1855 first edition was a thin pamphlet of 12 poems the great final edition encompassed more than 300 it is the 1892 edition of leaves of grass commonly called the deathbed edition that remains the bards definitive version of what is indisputably an american classic. If you think you are buying the library of america edition which links to this kindle version on the amazon page you are not this is a completely different version if you are looking specifically for the first edition 1855 of leaves of grass which is given prominence of place in the library of america edition you will not find it here. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for leaves of grass the complete deathbed edition at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Leaves of grass is a poetry collection by the american poet walt whitman 1819 1892 although the first edition was published in 1855 whitman spent most of his professional life writing and re writing leaves of grass revising it multiple times until his death this resulted in vastly different editions over four decades the first a small book of twelve poems and the last a compilation . Leaves of grass is walt whitmans greatest poetry collection originally published in 1855 whitman revised this collection several times during his life this book contains whitmans leaves of grass deathbed edition which was published in 1892 the year of his death this deathbed edition contains whitmans last revisions to his masterpiece
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