Selected Poems of Walt Whitman | A Reading Group with Ken Knabb

Our discussions of Whitman's work will take place every other Sunday at 4:30-7:00 p.m. at University Press Books. This meeting is the third of four. Participation is free, but donations of $10 to $20 per meeting are suggested to help support the bookstore, which provides us with a pleasant meeting space and complimentary wine, sandwiches, and cookies.

The reading and discussion of Whitman's poetry is part of an ongoing series, led by Ken Knabb and hosted by the University Press Books store, in which we have explored classic works including Cervantes’s Don Quixote, Montaigne’s Essays, Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Madame de Lafayette's The Princesse de Clèves, Sterne’s Tristram Shandy,. Balzac's Lost Illusions, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Marx's The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonapart, and selected poetry of William Blake. After Whiman's verse the group will read a sampling of Charles Baudelaire's poetry (in translation) before savorying a variety of other French poets and songwriters.

Event date: 
Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
2430 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Leaves of Grass: (1855) (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Walt Whitman, Harold Bloom (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9780143039273
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 28th, 2005

Those Halcyon Days

Even though the store takes a hiatus, it’s easy to imagine that long conversation amongst the great minds continuing around the Great Table, in our fancy, if not in Eternity, though we can agree to disagree about that.

How many can you identify?

Some are pretty obvious, others a little obscure. If educated outside the U.S. you might have an advantage in naming two or three. One makes for a fancy pose, but he’s actually a blockhead.

All have made significant contributions, even when shown demonstrably wrong. Nonetheless, we continue to argue with them because even when we argue with them, more often than not, we find them productively wrong.

We look forward to the time when you too can rejoin the conversation.

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