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Live Oak, with Moss
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Whitman Walt Brian Selznick
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Live Oak, with Moss

Whitman Walt Brian Selznick



Poetry by individual poets


192 pages

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As he was turning forty, Walt Whitman wrote twelve poems in a small handmade book he entitled Live Oak, With Moss. The poems were intensely private reflections on his attraction to and affection for other men. They were also Whitman's most adventurous explorations of the theme of same-sex love, composed decades before the word homosexual came into use. This revolutionary, extraordinarily beautiful and passionate cluster of poems was never published by Whitman and has remained unknown to the general public - until now. New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Award-winning illustrator Brian Selznick offers a provocative visual narrative of Live Oak, With Moss, and Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener reconstructs the story of the poetic cluster's creation and destruction. Walt Whitman's reassembled, reinterpreted Live Oak, With Moss serves as a source of inspiration and a cause for celebration.

By:   Whitman Walt
Illustrated by:   Brian Selznick
Imprint:   Abrams
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 218mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   600g
ISBN:   9781419734052
ISBN 10:   1419734059
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Walt Whitman is one of the most beloved poets in American letters, best known for his Leaves of Grass. 2019 is the 200th anniversary of his birth. Brian Selznick is the critically-acclaimed author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, among many other beloved books for children. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and now lives in Brooklyn, NY and San Diego, CA with his husband David Serlin. Karen Karbiner is a scholar of nineteenth-century American literature and culture with a special interest in Walt Whitman. She holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and currently teaches at New York University.

In harmony, the art, the poems, and the analysis all honor while illuminating Whitman's work and make it more accessible to contemporary readers. --Publishers Weekly

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