Happy Fourth of July from theTUNDRA! Recognized as one of the central works of American poetry, the first edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was published on this day in 1855 in Brooklyn, New York. The first edition of Whitman’s is exceptionally rare, as a mere 200 copies were printed of Whitman’s classic book. An authentic first edition was auctioned off in 2014 for $305,000 — more than twice the estimated price. Containing a series of loosely connected poems celebrating humanity’s role in protecting the environment, Leaves of Grass is a highly symbolic and allegorical examination of Whitman’s personal philosophy, featuring famous works such as Song of Myself.
“There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their roughness and spirit of defiance.” —