Leaves of Grass Author:Walt Whitman Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a new voice and style into American lette... more »rs and gave expression to an optimistic, bombastic vision that took the nation as its subject. Unlike many other versions, the Modern Library Paperback Classics "Deathbed" edition presents everything Whitman wrote in its final form, and includes newly commissioned notes.
William Carlos Williams was one of the most important and influential poets of the twentieth century. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1963, the year of his death, for Pictures from Brueghel (1962).« less