In Walt Whitman, Michael Cunningham sees a poet whose vision of humanity is ecstatic, democratic, and sensuous. Just over a hundred years ago, Whitman celebrated America as it survived the Civil War, as it endured great poverty, and as it entered the Industrial Revolution, which would make it the most powerful nation on Earth. InSpecimen Days Michael Cunningham makes Whitman's verse sing across time, and inLaws for Creations he celebrates what Whitman means to him, and how he appeared at the heart of his new novel. Just as the Pulitzer Prize-winningThe Hours drew on the life and work of English novelist Viriginia Woolf,Specimen Days lovingly features the work of American poet Walt Whitman. Bringing together extracts from Whitman's prodigious writings, includingLeaves of Grass and his journal,Specimen Days, Michael Cunningham'sLaws for Creations provides an introduction to one of America's greatest visionary poets from one of our greatest contemporary novelists.