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The most popular poet of his day, Longfellow has, unfortunately, been discredited by posterity. This generous sampling of his work will give modern-day readers new insights into his long-neglected literary reach and versatility.

Longfellow's most familiar poems, the bold recreations of colonial life "Evangeline" and "The Courtship of Miles Standish," are here, as well as less familiar short lyrics and narrative poems. Differing in tone, style, and theme, the works provide a ...

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Overview

The most popular poet of his day, Longfellow has, unfortunately, been discredited by posterity. This generous sampling of his work will give modern-day readers new insights into his long-neglected literary reach and versatility.

Longfellow's most familiar poems, the bold recreations of colonial life "Evangeline" and "The Courtship of Miles Standish," are here, as well as less familiar short lyrics and narrative poems. Differing in tone, style, and theme, the works provide a full and authentic picture of Longfellow's sense of himself, and his understanding of the true state of the times in which he lived. As Lawrence Buell writes in his Introduction, "No one can fully comprehend the literary culture of nineteenth-century America without coming to terms with Longfellow's work."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781141495207
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/2010
  • Pages: 82
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was the most popular and admired American poet of the nineteenth century. Born in Portland, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin College, Longfellow’s ambition was always to become a writer; but until mid-life his first profession was the teaching rather than the production of literature, at his alma mater (1829-35) and then at Harvard (1836-54). His teaching career was punctuated by two extended study-tours of Europe, during which Longfellow made himself fluent in all the major Romance and Germanic languages. Thanks to a fortunate marriage and the growing popularity of his work, from his mid-thirties onwards Longfellow, ensconced in a comfortable Cambridge mansion, was able to devote an increasingly large fraction of his energies to the long narrative historical and mythic poems that made him a household word, especially Evangeline (1847), The Song of Hiawatha (1855), The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), and Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863, 1872, 1873). Versatile as well as prolific, Longfellow also won fame as a writer of short ballads and lyrics, and experimented in the essay, the short story, the novel, and the verse drama. Taken as a whole, Longfellow’s writings show a breadth of literary learning, an understanding of western languages and cultures, unmatched by any American writer of his time.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Suggestions for Further Reading xxxiii
A Note on the Text xxxvi
Longer Works
Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie (1847) 3
From The Song of Hiawatha (1855)
III Hiawatha's Childhood 77
V Hiawatha's Fasting 83
The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858) 92
From Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863)
The Landlord's Tale: Paul Revere's Ride 148
The Theologian's Tale: Torquemada 152
The Poet's Tale: The Birds of Killingworth 158
The New England Tragedies (1868)
I John Endicott 167
II Giles Corey of the Salem Farms 247
Finale 318
Morituri Salutamus (1875) 321
Shorter Lyric and Narrative Poems
From Voices of the Night (1839)
A Psalm of Life 333
From Ballads and Other Poems (1841)
The Skeleton in Armor 335
The Wreck of the Hesperus 341
The Village Blacksmith 345
From Poems on Slavery (1842)
The Slave Singing at Midnight 347
The Warning 348
From The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems (1846)
The Arsenal at Springfield 349
The Occultation of Orion 351
The Day Is Done 354
Mezzo Cammin 356
From The Seaside and the Fireside (1850)
Seaweed 357
The Fire of Drift-Wood 359
From The Courtship of Miles Standish and Other Poems (1858)
The Jewish Cemetery at Newport 361
My Lost Youth 364
The Ropewalk 367
From Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863)
The Children's Hour 370
Snow-Flakes 372
From Flower-de-Luce (1867)
Hawthorne 373
From Aftermath (1873)
Aftermath 375
Posthumously collected
Nature (1877) 376
The Cross of Snow (1879) 377
Notes 378
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