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Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself
– 13 May 2014
Walt Whitman's iconic collection of poems,
Leaves of Grass, has earned a reputation as a sacred American text. Whitman himself made such comparisons, going so far as to use biblical verse as a model for his own. So it's only appropriate that artist and illustrator Allen Crawford has chosen to illuminate - like medieval monks with their own holy scriptures - Whitman's masterpiece and the core of his poetic vision, 'Song of Myself'. Crawford has turned the original sixy-page poem from Whitman's 1855 edition into a sprawling 234-page work of art. The handwritten text and illustrations intermingle in a way that's both surprising and wholly in tune with the spirit of the poem - they're exuberant, rough and wild. Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself is a sensational reading experience, an artefact in its own right and a masterful tribute to one of America's greatest poets. --This text refers to an alternate
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"This is a 21st-century version of an illuminated manuscript: portable as a Kindle, but a thousand times more lovely." (Rachel Cooke
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
The epic text of one of America's greatest poets, reimagined in stunning illustrations.
--This text refers to an alternate
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