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This exhibit celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Whitman's major work, Leaves of Grass, arguably the most important and well-known book of verse in American literary history. This exhibit showcases the fine Whitman collection at the University of South Carolina's Thomas Cooper Library, drawing both from earlier holdings in Special Collections and, more extensively. from the Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth Century American Literature. Other items are on loan from Prof. Myerson's personal collection and, in one notable instance from, the collection of USC Prof. G. Ross Roy. The central part of this catalogue lists for the record all lifetime editions, states, printings, and issues of Leaves of Grass, followed by information about the copies held by the library and, when relevant, a discussion of the work's printing and publication history. As such, it provides a convenient reference to the range of Leaves of Grass editions on display, with coverage of the Libraries' holdings that is much more up-to-date than that in the library's previous Whitman exhibit catalogue (1992). This catalogue does not, however, reflect the detailed case-by-case arrangement of items in the exhibit itself.


This catalog accompanied the 2005 USC Libraries exhibit, Leaves of Grass at 150. The exhibit, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass, was drawn chiefly from the Libraries' Joel Myerson Collection of Nineteenth-Century American Literature.