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4.62 out of 54.62 out of 54.62 out of 54.62 out of 54.62 out of 5 4.62 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walt Whitman Narrator: Bill Pullman, Meryl Streep Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unspecified Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Elliott Gould, Burt Reynolds, Meryl Streep, and a host of other celebrities read over 100 poems by four of America's greatest poets. Walt Whitman celebrates the brash and rugged individualism of his country in exuberant language. The spare, precise language of Emily Dickinson conveys her penetrating vision of the natural world and an acute understanding of the most profound human truths. Robert Frost draws his inspiration from everyday incidents, common situations, and rural imagery. Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sandburg's poetry embodies a love of and compassion for the common man that earned him the nickname poet of the people.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannan | 1/14/2010

    " I got sidetracked with this while I was trying to finish Mistborn 3. Whitman has been on the brain lately so I pulled out my book and have been reading it off and on for a month. I can't say I have read every page, but I have read most of it over the course of years. Oh me! Oh life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clif | 10/17/2009

    " A revolutionary in American Literature. No one captures the real world in verse quite like WW. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muchlovedrx | 5/26/2009

    " What negative feedback can you possibly give Walt Whitman? When I picked up this book, I expected the average American poet- patriotic, dull, uninspiringly predictable. But Whitman has a certain thoughtful, intellectual aire about his writing that provokes such great emotion and thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda | 5/16/2009

    " What can you say about Walt Whitman. He was a genius. His writing is beautiful and human. He undertands mankind. Not all of his poems are masterpieces; that is the down side of buying complete works, but with some writers you don't want to miss a word. He is one of those. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 12/21/2008

    " What can I say? Walt Whitman rocks! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Foxygiraffe | 9/20/2008

    " Uncle Walt! You are my god. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 7/26/2008

    " Walt was pretty much the dude of his time. Sure, he had some "issues" but he was mostly harmless. He also, with Dickinson, established a completely new, American poetry. The original (1855) Leaves of Grass is still an absolute masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliza | 5/30/2008

    " I have found a new love for walt whitman ever since I read "I Sit and Look Out" in Honors English last year.

    I always thought that Whitman was just a poet who wrote about nature. But I was completely wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thetigergirl | 5/30/2008

    " I love Walt Whitman and I love his death bed edition of Leaves of Grass best, which is why I bought this book. However, as portability goes, this is not exactly the edition I'd take to the beach with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/27/2008

    " I really like the way he puts a voice to feelings I'm sure every man, gay, straight, American or otherwise, has had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christylee1010 | 2/19/2008

    " never been a fan of whitman, or poetry in general. read this for an american lit class at temple. hoping to read again in order to gain some sort of appreciation for the work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 1/18/2008

    " I love Whitman's view and perspective on people. He's a true lover of humanity and he writes so unreservedly and beautifully about them. He's a great example of someone who really, truly tries and succeeds in understanding people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 8/26/2007

    " Because in here are some poems that never make it into anthologies or compilations. And some bad poems that show he was a writer. And some amazing poems. He had some poems. Some hurley burley life forces of poems. "

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About the Author
Author Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was the son of a carpenter. His formal schooling ended at age eleven, when he was apprenticed to a printer in Brooklyn. He spent the next two decades as a printer, freelance writer, and editor in New York. In 1855, at his own expense, he published the first edition of Leaves of Grass, which would mark him as the major poetic voice of an emerging America. Whitman would go on expanding and revising it for the rest of his life, with the final edition appearing in 1892, the year of his death.