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Book Launch: Edward Hirsch presents "A Passing Bell" by Paul Kane

Edward Hirsch, award-winning poet and President of the Guggenheim Foundation, launches Paul Kane's A Passing Bell: Ghazals for Tina. 

A Pact

I make truce with you, Walt Whitman—

Eric Rayman

Eric Rayman is a partner at Miller Korzenik Sommers Rayman LLP, where his legal practice focuses on media and publishing, employment and copyright matters. He previously held senior legal roles at three media businesses. Mr. Rayman was General Counsel to The New Yorker magazine; Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of book publisher, Simon & Schuster; and Vice President and Chief Counsel, Network Operations at HBO. He began his career at Paul, Weiss. Mr. Rayman took a break from the law in 2001.

The First Edition of Leaves of Grass, 1855

In 1855, Walt Whitman published the first of many editions of Leaves of Grass in a slim volume containing twelve untitled poems and a preface.

Walt Whitman, c. 1869

This portrait of Walt Whitman was taken by William Kurtz in 1869.

Walt Whitman, c. 1854

This steel engraving of Walt Whitman at age 37 was made by the engraver Samuel Hollyer in 1854 after a daguerrotype by Gabriel Harrison. It served as the frontispiece for the first edition of Leaves of Grass, in 1855.

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