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Walt Whitman: celebrating an extraordinary life in his bicentennial


The poet’s life and works are being explored in three exhibitions in New York, the city that saw him create some of his most profound poems

In July 1855, a pair of Scottish immigrant brothers, Andrew and Thomas Rome, published about 800 copies of a book of a dozen poems at their Brooklyn Heights printing press. The title of the text, Leaves of Grass, was printed in vine-like gold letters on its rich green front cover, which made no mention of its author, Walt Whitman, a friend of the Rome brothers who had talked them into publishing his book of poetry.

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Poet of the Body: New York’s Walt Whitman is at the Grolier Club until 27 July, Walt Whitman: America’s Poet is at the New York Public Library until 30 August and Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy is at the Morgan Library & Museum until 15 September

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