Walt Whitman Reviews His Own 'Leaves Of Grass' And It's Everything You Expect It To Be

Every author gets bad reviews from time to time, but few go so far as to heap glowing — and anonymous — praise on themselves to combat the negativity. That's exactly what one transcendentalist did, however, and the results are priceless. Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass review is everything you expect it to be, and then some.

For a lot of book nerds, bad reviews are the source of lighthearted fun. Writer's Digest made fake literary rejections into an art form. And who doesn't like to read one-star book reviews on Amazon?

In all honesty, negative reviews hurt when you're on the receiving end. It's never fun to find out that people don't like your work, as anyone who has ever sat through a writing workshop will tell you. But understanding what compelled Whitman to review his own book doesn't make the author's endeavor any less hilarious.

Whitman's Leaves of Grass review is more than 3,000 words of literary criticism, complete with lengthy quotes from his book. And check out this opening paragraph:

Walt Whitman: the bard America needs has come at last.

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