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Walt Whitman's Song of Myself: A Sourcebook and Critical Edition (Routledge Guides to Literature)
ISBN13: 9780415275446
ISBN: 041527544X
List Price: $28.95
Publisher: Routledge

This sourcebook includes the full text of EMSong of Myself/EM.BR Since 1855, Walt Whitman's EMSong of Myself/EM has been enjoyed, debated, parodied and imitated by readers, critics and artists crossing national and linguistic boundaries. Many argue that it is the most influential poem ever written by an American.BR This sourcebook and critical edition provides easy access to:BR information on the contexts of Whitman's work, including biographical details and a chronologyBR an overview of the critical reception of the poem and extracts from important criticism, reprinted with clear introductory headnotesBR key passages from the original 1855 edition, with commentary and annotationBR the full 'final' 1881 edition of the poem.BR Cross references link the critical, contextual and textual sections of the volume, encouraging an integrated understanding of this creative and controversial text. Complementing a wealth of material with suggestions for further reading, this volume is ideal for readers with no knowledge of the poem, or for those returning anew to a favourite text.