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  1. 4.1 hrs • Mar/15/2017 • Unabridged

    "The real war will never get in the books," Walt Whitman wrote in this diary he kept during the Civil War. Whitman chronicled his visits to Washington, D.C. hospitals where he comforted wounded men and assisted nurses and doctors. This journal, written by one of America's greatest poets and writers, captures the details and ironies of war.

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    Memoranda During the War

    Read by Robert Gorman
    4.1 hrs • Mar/15/2017 • Unabridged
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  2. 1.6 hrs • Sep/16/2016

    Walt Whitman stands out as one of poetry’s towering anomalies: In celebrating the trees, water, sky and air, the bear, the eagle, the buffalo and the lion, Whitman expressed a uniquely democratic vision that engulfs not only the American continent but the entire universe. His passionate vehemence, his faith in the common man, and his unflinching pursuit of the truth gave form to an arsenal of ideas, inspiring and motivating generations of writers to come.This collection includes:I Hear America SingingStarting from PaumanokI Sing the Body ElectricCrossing Brooklyn FerryBeat! Beat! DrumsOut of the Cradle Endlessly RockingA Noiseless Patient SpiderWhen Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.Delivered with verve and passion, Garrick Hagon’s reading is suffused with an energy found in Whitman’s most moving poetry.

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    Walt Whitman

    Read by Garrick Hagon
    1.6 hrs • Sep/16/2016
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  3. 2.6 hrs • Aug/21/2014 • Unabridged

    This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tender, and telling story of life’s seven ages, from childhood to old age. Based on Lord Owen’s published anthology Seven Ages—Poetry for a Lifetime, it features many of Britain’s leading actors. Shakespeare’s “seven ages” speech, read by Sir Ian McKellen, punctuates the program which contains more than one hundred poems read by forty actors. Highlights include Michael Caine reading Kipling’s “If,” Ralph Fiennes reading Hood’s “I Remember, I Remember,” John Cleese reading “The Owl and the Pussycat,” and Pete Postlethwaite reading “Kubla Khan.”

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  4. 0.7 hrs • Feb/26/2014 • Unabridged

    Walt Whitman’s poetry, written more than 150 years ago, continues to influence artists today, and no work more so than his epic American poem, Leaves of Grass, which he spent his entire life writing and revising. The work heralded a new dynamic relationship in poetry, with its candid and sensual interpretation of nature, humanity, and the universe. It has been referred to as the ultimate representation of nineteenth-century America and is masterfully immortalized by actor Ed Begley, Jr.

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    Walt Whitman: A Selection, Vol. 1

    Read by Ed Begley, Jr.
    0.7 hrs • Feb/26/2014 • Unabridged
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  5. 0.8 hrs • Feb/26/2014 • Unabridged

    Walt Whitman’s work influenced many later poetic voices, and no work more so than his epic American poem, Leaves of Grass, which he spent his entire life writing and constantly revising until his death. The work heralded a new dynamic relationship in poetry, with its candid and sensual interpretation of his observations and thoughts on the human spirit and all aspects of existence at a time when poetic tradition employed symbolism or allegory. It has been referred to as the ultimate representation of what America was in the nineteenth century and is masterfully immortalized by actor Ed Begley, Jr.

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    Walt Whitman: A Selection, Vol. 2

    Read by Ed Begley, Jr.
    0.8 hrs • Feb/26/2014 • Unabridged
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  6. 1.3 hrs • Feb/26/2014 • Unabridged

    Walt Whitman was an immense talent, and a prodigious one at that. Associated with the free verse movement, his poems are usually on the longer side. Iconic works such as “Leaves of Grass” divided opinion on their publication. Some argued it was obscene, others such as Ralph Waldo Emerson rallied to his cause. Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 on Long Island. By the age of eleven, his schooling was finished and he embarked on a series of jobs that eventually led to various newspaper editorships. He began to write poetry in the 1840s, and in 1855 he published his first of many versions of “Leaves Of Grass.” Thereafter he wrote solidly until his death on March 26, 1892. He is buried in Camden, New Jersey. Whitman wrote that “the proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.”

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    The Poetry of Walt Whitman

    1.3 hrs • Feb/26/2014 • Unabridged
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  7. 1.3 hrs • Feb/12/2014 • Unabridged

    Summer beckons each and every one of us to its warm embrace. For many of us it is the season we can most enjoy; the days are long and warm and all manner of things become easier. Nature shows us her most colorful side as she fills the landscape with colors and textures of every hue. As for ourselves we all seem a little more approachable, a little more likable. For poets the Summer season conjures up many themes and images. Keats, Blake, Dickinson, Tennyson, Longfellow, take us through many of these facets ably joined by Meynell, Pope, Van Dyke, Stevenson and many others.

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  8. 0.7 hrs • Feb/12/2014 • Unabridged

    July, deep in the heart of summer, evokes thoughts of long days in the sun and is a rich harvest of colors and sights. William Shakespeare, John Keats, Alexander Pope, Walt Whitman, Lord Alfred Tennyson, and more collect and describe their thoughts on these themes for our delight.

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  9. 0.7 hrs • Feb/12/2014 • Unabridged

    To see the world, to experience different cultures and new lands; among all our dreams and ambitions, wanderlust seems to play a large part. In the modern day, a few hours on a plane will take us to an entirely different environment. A hundred years ago or more any form of transport would have been far slower paced—but getting there was also part of the adventure, the gradual transition from what is known to what is about to be known. This collection of poems takes us across a wide variety of travels and environments, both real and in the mind. They summon up descriptions and feelings that are sometimes totally unexpected.

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  10. 0.7 hrs • Feb/12/2014 • Unabridged

    To see the world, to experience different cultures and new lands; among all our dreams and ambitions, wanderlust seems to play a large part. In the modern day, a few hours on a plane will take us to an entirely different environment. A hundred years ago or more any form of transport would have been far slower paced—but getting there was also part of the adventure, the gradual transition from what is known to what is about to be known. This collection of poems takes us across a wide variety of travels and environments, both real and in the mind. They summon up descriptions and feelings that are sometimes totally unexpected.

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  11. 6.8 hrs • Mar/15/2011 • Unabridged

    Walt Whitman experienced first-hand the ravages of the Civil War as a volunteer nurse in the hospitals of Washington DC. During that time, he filled notebooks with “impromptu jottings” that became the basis of two works: Drum-Taps, a collection of seventy-one poems, and Memoranda during the War, an intimate diary of his experience tending to the sick and dying during the war. These two historical works are presented here, narrated by acclaimed actor Bronson Pinchot.

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    Drum-Taps and Memoranda During the War

    Read by Bronson Pinchot
    6.8 hrs • Mar/15/2011 • Unabridged
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  12. 15.9 hrs • Aug/03/2010 • Unabridged

    Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as “disgraceful.” Ralph Waldo Emerson found Leaves of Grass “the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed,” calling it a “combination of the Bhagavad Gita and the New York Herald.” Published at the author’s own expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass initially consisted of a preface, twelve untitled poems in free verse (including the work later titled “Song of Myself,” which Malcolm Cowley called “one of the great poems of modern times”), and a now-famous portrait of a devil-may-care Walt Whitman in a workman’s shirt. Over the next four decades, Whitman continually expanded and revised the book as he took on the role of a workingman’s bard who championed American nationalism, political democracy, contemporary progress, and unashamed sex.This volume, which contains 383 poems, is the final “Deathbed Edition,” which was published in 1892.

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    Leaves of Grass

    Read by Mel Foster
    15.9 hrs • Aug/03/2010 • Unabridged
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  13. 18.8 hrs • May/01/2009 • Unabridged

    One of the great innovative figures in American letters, Walt Whitman created a daring new kind of poetry that became a major force in world literature. His poems have been woven into the very fabric of the American character and have continued to provide inspiration to people and poets for generations. Leaves of Grass is Whitman’s masterpiece, written in a pure, uninhibited style and combining sensual and mystical sensibilities. Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose essay “The Poet” inspired the work, praised it, saying “I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed.” Self-published in 1855, it was repeatedly expanded and revised by Whitman throughout the rest of his life. This recording follows the final, most complete edition which appeared in 1892, the year of Whitman’s death. Among the poems in the collection are “Song of Myself,” “I Sing the Body Electric,” and “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” Whitman’s elegy to the assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.

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    Leaves of Grass

    Read by Robin Field
    18.8 hrs • May/01/2009 • Unabridged
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  14. 1.2 hrs • Aug/01/2006 • Unabridged

    Walt Whitman explores the freedom of the wanderer, the sorrow of the pallbearer, and the spirit of the adventurer in his remarkable collection of poems, Leaves of Grass. Both an explorer of cultural thought and a lover of sensual pleasure, Whitman champions the cause of common men, and revels in emotional and physical love. In plain and beautiful language, Whitman redefined the world of poetry. This The Poetry of Walt Whitman on A+ AUDIO study guide was written by Kirsten Silva Gruesz, a professor at the College of William and Mary, and a guest lecturer at both Yale University and Harvard University. This program is presented by Peter Strauss, an Emmy Award winner and accomplished actor and producer who recently appeared in the film xXx: State of the Union and the television series Law & Order. A+ AUDIO is the innovative audio study guide series that will help you better understand, appreciate, and enjoy great works of literature. With a dramatic presentation that gives voice to the printed word, you'll experience these classic works as never before. Welcome to A+ AUDIO.

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    The Poetry of Walt Whitman

    Read by Peter Strauss
    1.2 hrs • Aug/01/2006 • Unabridged
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