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Free Resource - March 19th, 2010
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Leaves of Grass

Listen to the unabridged final edition of Walt Whitman's seminal work of American poetry Leaves of Grass. First published in 1855, Whitman continued to expand and revise this work from 12 poems to nearly 400 poems in 1891 when he published his "deathbed edition". Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson's The Poet essay, Whitman answered Emerson's call to create a uniquely American poetry. This 19-hour unabridged edition is read by a collective of volunteer narrators over at LibriVox.org.

Leaves of Grass

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