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Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass: A 150th Anniversary Celebration

Sponsored by Aurora Forum at Stanford University

When

Thursday, December 1, 2005
7:30 pm –
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Where

Kresge Auditorium at Stanford University

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Free

Event Details:

Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a

kosmos. Disorderly, fleshy and sensual…eating,

drinking, and breeding.

No sentimentalist, no stander above men and

women or apart from them, no more modest

than immodest.

Unscrew the locks from the doors! Unscrew the

doors themselves from their jambs!

On July 4, 1855, an anonymous poem entitled

Leaves of Grass was published in Brooklyn.

Nothing like it had ever been seen before: big,

sprawling, sexual, democratic, ecstatic, both rough

and gentle. It was, its author claimed, "America

singing." In commemoration of this landmark literary

event, and in celebration of Whitman's large-hearted

vision, the Aurora Forum hosts a dramatic reading

of "Song of Myself" directed by Kay Kostopoulos.

After the performance—accompanied by music and

historic images—a panel of Whitman scholars and

poets will discuss the poem's meanings and what it

says about democratic ideals today. Facsimile editions

of the 1855 version of "Song of Myself" will be given

to all who attend.

KENNETH FIELDS

Professor of English and poet.

SHELLEY FISHER FISHKIN

Professor of English.

ALBERT GELPI

Coe Professor of American Literature, Emeritus.

HILTON OBENZINGER

Lecturer in English and novelist.

Admission Info

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating is Limited. Please Arrive Early.

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