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May 15, 2013

Whitman’s First Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman    (1819 - 1892)

Walt Whitman
(1819 – 1892)

On this day in 1855 Walt Whitman registered the title Leaves of Grass with the clerk of the United States District Court, New York; the first edition was published seven weeks later. Over the next thirty-six years Whitman would add many more poems and publish seven more editions, all in an effort to “Unscrew the locks from the doors! / Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!”

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