Live Oak, with Moss by Walt Whitman

Live Oak, with Moss by Walt Whitman

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Little you know

The subtle

Electric fire

That for your sake

Is Playing

Within me. 

 

New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Medal–winning Brian Selznick illustrates Walt Whitman like never before.

 

As he was turning 40, Walt Whitman wrote 12 poems in a small handmade book he entitled Live Oak, with Moss. The poems were intensely private reflections on his attraction and affection for other men. They were also Whitman’s most adventurous explorations of the theme of same-sex love, composed decades before the word “homosexual” came into use. This revolutionary, extraordinarily beautiful and passionate cluster of poems was never published by Whitman and has remained unknown to the general public—until now. New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Brian Selznick offers a provocative visual narrative of Live Oak, with Moss, and Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener reconstructs the story of the poetic cluster’s creation and destruction. Walt Whitman’s reassembled, reinterpreted Live Oak, with Moss serves as a source of inspiration and a cause for celebration.

 

By Walt Whitman

Illustrator Brian Selznick

Afterword by Karen Karbiener

 

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“In harmony, the art, the poems, and the analysis all honor while illuminating Whitman’s work and make it more accessible to contemporary readers.” - Publishers Weekly

 

“Reading this book, what becomes eminently clear is that Selznick is laying the groundwork for GLBTQIA+ literary history, particularly as it pertains to Whitman.” - School Library Journal

  • Details

    Imprint: Abrams Comic Arts

    Publication Date: 23 March 2021

    ISBN: 9781419748158

    Pages: 192

    Format: Paperback

    Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout

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