Live Oak, with Moss


New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Award–winning Brian Selznick illustrates Walt Whitman like never before —now in paperback!


ISBN: 9781419748158 Category:

Walt Whitman


As he was turning forty, Walt Whitman wrote twelve poems in a small handmade book he entitled “Live Oak, With Moss.” The poems were intensely private reflections on his attraction to and affection for other men. They were also Whitman’s most adventurous explorations of the theme of same-sex love, composed decades before the word “homosexual” came into use. This revolutionary, extraordinarily beautiful and passionate cluster of poems was never published by Whitman and has remained unknown to the general public—until now. New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Brian Selznick offers a provocative visual narrative of “Live Oak, With Moss,” and Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener reconstructs the story of the poetic cluster’s creation and destruction. Walt Whitman’s reassembled, reinterpreted Live Oak, With Moss serves as a source of inspiration and a cause for celebration.

Additional information

Weight 372 g
Dimensions 13.9 x 20.8 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 23 March 2021
Number of pages 192
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Illustrated by Brian Selznick
Dimensions 13.9 x 20.8 cm
Weight 372 g


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Walt Whitman is one of the most beloved poets in American letters, best known for Leaves of Grass. Brian Selznick is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck, among many other beloved books for children. Live Oak, with Moss is his first book for adults. He lives in Brooklyn and San Diego. Karen Karbiener is a Whitman scholar at New York University. She lives in Manhattan.