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may 12, 1855 - Whitman publishes the first edition of Leaves of Grass, a collection of twelve poems written in a bold new style.

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Readers are shocked and awed by the poems' raw subject material and striking style. Ralph Waldo Emerson sends Whitman a letter praising the book and congratulating him on "the beginning of a great career."

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Walt Whitman

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may 12, 1855
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~ 163 years ago
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