Leaves of Grass The third edition of Leaves of Grass was published in 1860. (The first two editions were published in 1855 and 1856; subsequent editions would appear in 1867, 1871, 1881, and 1891.) Whitman worked on the 1860 Leaves of Grass while a patron at Pfaff's in the late 1850s, and in 1860 and 1861 the Saturday Press heavily publicized the publication of this work.