America the Beautiful: Walt Whitman

edited by Robert L. Polley
Copyright 1970
Checked out 31 times in 40 years
Last checked out 3 years ago

This book pairs photos with Whitman’s poetry. As with most books bearing Whitman’s name, the popularity of this volume is evident in the circulation. However, this is not a book for genuine Whitman fans. It’s more of a sampler for those who want to dabble a little in him. Sections of poems are scattered throughout pictures. As many poems are excerpted as are given in full. Though I’m a fan of both photography and Whitman, I don’t like how they’ve been put together in this book. The photos aren’t particularly striking and I dislike how the poems have been fragmented. But it’s working for the patrons of the Albertville Public Library and a little Whitman is better than none. One point in its favor is that it tries to give a reader a glimpse of his poetry throughout his life. Keep this as long as people show interest in it.


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