Harold Bloom’s

by Walt Whitman

If one attempts to list the artistic achievements of our nation against the background of Western tradition, our accomplishments in music, painting, sculpture, architecture tend to be somewhat dwarfed. The exception is literature. No Western poet in the past century and a half, not even Browning or Leopardi or Baudelaire, overshadows Walt Whitman…

–Harold Bloom

Walt Whitman’s verse gave the poetry of America a distinctive national voice. It reflects the unique vitality of the new nation, the vastness of the land, and the emergence of a sometimes troubled consciousness, communicated in language and idiom regarded by many at the time as shocking.

This edition of Leaves of Grass, split into two volumes, is an accurate reproduction of the 1855 first edition. The editors not only paid special attention to text but also remained faithful to pagination, paragraphing and linebreaks as they appeared in the original book typeset by Walt Whitman himself.

Millions of readers have read and re-read, pored over and loved these foundational poems, and none more so than our times’ most revered literary critic, Harold Bloom. This edition is a unique chance to witness first-hand the workings of the mind of arguably the best trained reader in the world today. Here, the author of the best-selling How to Read, and Why, doesn’t tell readers how to read–he shows us.

Harold Bloom's Leaves of Grass

Regular Edition Vol I

Paperback | 56 pages

ISBN: 978-1-9997981-4-7

£20 inc. shipping

Regular Edition Vol II

Paperback | 72 pages

ISBN: 978-1-9997981-5-4

£20 inc. shipping

Limited Signed Edition

Paperback | Vols I & II

50 copies

£100 inc. shipping

HAROLD BLOOM, one of the greatest literary critics in the world today, is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, Berg Professor of English at New York University, and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. The author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling and controversial The Western CanonHow to Read and WhyWhere Shall Wisdom be Found? and The Anxiety of Influence, he is a MacArthur Prize fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees.