Laws for CreationsBook - 2006
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours presents a definitive compilation of poetry by Walt Whitman, bringing together extracts from Leaves of Grass and Specimen Days, along with an incisive introduction to the poet's work, its influence on American literature, and its significance in terms of Cunningham's work. Original. 50,000 first printing.
In Walt Whitman, Michael Cunningham sees a poet whose vision of humanity is ecstatic, democratic, and sensuous. Just over a hundred years ago, Whitman celebrated America as it survived the Civil War, as it endured great poverty, and as it entered the Industrial Revolution, which would make it the most powerful nation on Earth. In Specimen Days Michael Cunningham makes Whitman's verse sing across time, and in Laws for Creations he celebrates what Whitman means to him, and how he appeared at the heart of his new novel.
Just as the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hours drew on the life and work of English novelist Viriginia Woolf, Specimen Days lovingly features the work of American poet Walt Whitman. Bringing together extracts from Whitman's prodigious writings, including Leaves of Grass and his journal, Specimen Days, Michael Cunningham's Laws for Creations provides an introduction to one of America's greatest visionary poets from one of our greatest contemporary novelists.
Presents a compilation of poetry and prose by Walt Whitman, including extracts from "Leaves of Grass" and "Specimen Days," along with an introduction to the poet's work and its influence on American literature.