This new edition of "Leaves of Grass" inlcudes "Live Oak, with Moss" and prose selections from "Democratic Vistas" and "Specimen Days". Throughout the text, the explanatory annotations have been revised and expanded. "Whitman on His Art" presents a collection of Whitman's statements about his role as a poet taken from his notebooks, letters, conversations and newspaper articles. "Criticism" collects 18 essays, 11 of which are new to this edition, including those by: Fanny Fern, Henry David Thoreau, Anne Gilchrist, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, David S. Reynolds, Karen Sanchez-Eppler, Michael Moon, John Irwin, Allen Grossman and Betsy Erikkila. A chronology and selected bibliography and an index of titles are included.