Song of Myself
- Publication Date: September 17, 2019
- Imprint: Obvious State
- Trim Size: 4 1⁄2 x 6
- ISBN: 978-1-63330-007-1
- Page Count: 88
- Illustrations: illustrated throughout
- Rights: US and Canada
Walt Whitman's visionary manifesto, visually reimagined
Carefully culled to about one third of its original length, this version provides the perfect introduction to Whitman's most expansive and audacious poem. Combined with 27 illustrations, the book explores Whitman's own exuberant, witty, playful, transcendent theory of everything, beginning with "a spear of summer grass."
Only moderately well-recognized in his time, Whitman is now regarded as the first and possibly greatest of American poets. As Harold Bloom said, "Walt Whitman is your imaginative father and mother, even if, like myself, you have never composed a line of verse."
Printed on beautiful matte paper, this petite gift book is perfect for poetry and art lovers alike.The Obvious State Classics Collection is an evolving series of visually reimagined beloved works that speaks to contemporary readers. The pocket-sized, collectable editions feature the selected works of celebrated authors such as T. S. Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Sara Teasdale, and Henry David Thoreau.
About the author
Evan Robertson is the co-founder and sole artist behind Obvious State, a creative studio in pursuit of wisdom and beauty. Robertson's fascination with classic literature began with his study of humanities and classic theater at Yale, and continued at The Juilliard School. He spent many years in New York as a multi-discipline artist and actor, performing at The Public Theater, The Aquila, and The Pearl Theatre, where he won the Joe A. Calloway Award for his performance as Claudio in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. In 2011, his illustration work took center stage when he used snippets of underlined passages from his favorite books as inspiration for a visual interpretation. The personal project quickly grew into a small business, Obvious State, that garnered the attention of the press and design community alike.
Obvious State is a creative studio in pursuit of wisdom and beauty. They are inspired by provocative language that has stood the test of time, poetry that captures the beauty of the human experience, and philosophy that drives us to examine and re-examine. They aim to create art and thoughtfully designed gifts that prompt conversations and bring aesthetic joy to everyday objects. All Obvious State goods are meticulously crafted in the United States and printed on the finest papers and materials. After all, beautiful language deserves beautiful treatment.