Leaves of Grass (Maxnotes Literature Guides)

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Research & Education Assoc., 1999 - Literary Criticism - 128 pages
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REA's MAXnotes for William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!

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MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Inscriptions
7
Song of Myself
14
Children of Adam
21
Calamus
31
Birds of Passage and Sea Drift
42
By theRoadside
49
Section Eight DrumTaps
57
Memories of President Lincoln
69
Autumn Rivulets
75
From Noon To Starry Night
88
Whispers of Heavenly Death and Songs
95
Individual Longer Poems
104
Sample Analytical Paper Topics
116
Bibliography
122
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Kevin Kelly was born in 1952 in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Westfield High School in Westfield N.J. in 1970. He atternded the University of Rhode Island but dropped out after one year. He became a freelance photo journalist. In 1981, Kelly founded Walking Journal. He is a former editor of Whole Earth Review , Signal, and some of the later editions of the Whole Earth Catalog. With Whole Earth's founder, Stewart Brand, Kelly helped found the WELL, a highly regarded online community. He has been a director of the Point Foundation, which sponsored the first Hackers Conference in 1984 (before the word "hacker" had its current common, negative connotation). In 1994, Wired Magazine, for which Kelly was executive director, won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Kelly is now editor at large for the magazine. Partially due to his reputation as Wired's editor, he is noted as a participant and observer of "cyberculture". His writing has appeared in many other national and international publications such as The New York Times, The Economist, Time, Harper's Magazine, Science, Veneer Magazine, GQ, and Esquire. His photographs have appeared in Life and other American national magazines. Kevin Kelly's most notable book-length publication, Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World (1994), presents a view on the mechanisms of complex organization. The central theme of the book is that several fields of contemporary science and philosophy point in the same direction: intelligence is not organized in a centralized structure but much more like a bee-hive of small simple components. He applies this view to bureaucratic organisations, intelligent computers, and to the human brain. His book What Technology Wants made the New York Times Bestseller list for October 2010.

First time author Christine Berg, an avid lover of children's literature, has a degree in applied psychology and works with children. Christine uses a whimsical style of writing that brings out the playful nature of story telling.

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