- New York, NY: The Grolier Club, 2019.
- 8 x 11 inches
- hardcover with dust jacket
- 224 pages
- ISBN: 9781605830803
Price: $65.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 133733
Published in conjunction with the eponymous exhibition on the occasion of the bicentennial anniversary of Whitman's birthday, held at the Grolier Club from May 15 - July 27, 2019. Preface by Susan Jaffe Tane, "Poet of the Body: New York's Walt Whitman" by Karen Karbiener, Exhibition Checklist by Julie Carlsen, Index by Gabriel McKee.
How did a carpenter's son, grammar school dropout and sometime hack writer become America's greatest poet? To commemorate Whitman's 200th birthday on May 31, 2019, the catalogue of this landmark exhibition illustrates New York's role in the extraordinary transformation of Walter Whitman Jr. to "Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son." Whitman is now universally acclaimed as the "Good Gray Poet" and for his Civil War writings, though less is known of his early years as a Long Islander, Brooklynite and self-described "Manhattanese." The exhibition catalogue presents the story of his coming of age as a poet through a unique assemblage of rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts, many never before seen, from the Whitman Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane, archives such as the Feinberg Collection at the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library's Berg Collection, private family collections, and forgotten treasures from Bryn Mawr College's Special Collections and the Brooklyn College Library. Highlights include every American edition of Leaves of Grass published during Whitman's life, manuscripts and one-of-a-kind books that have remained in private hands from his time to our own, his pen, his cane, and even locks of his hair encased in exquisite Victorian rings.
With numerous color illustrations. Set in Scala and Scala Sans types. Printed by Penmor Printing. Design & typography by Jerry Kelly.