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Tales of a Wayside Inn
     

Tales of a Wayside Inn

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by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 

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The poems in the collection are told by a group of adults in the tavern of the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts, 20 miles from the poet's home in Cambridge, and a favorite resort for parties from Harvard College. The narrators are friends of the author who, though they were not named, were so plainly characterized as to be easily recognizable. Among those of

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The poems in the collection are told by a group of adults in the tavern of the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts, 20 miles from the poet's home in Cambridge, and a favorite resort for parties from Harvard College. The narrators are friends of the author who, though they were not named, were so plainly characterized as to be easily recognizable. Among those of wider fame are Ole Bull, the violinist, and Thomas William Parsons, the poet and translator of Dante. Each of the three parts has a prelude and a finale, and there are interludes which link together the tales and introduce the narrators. The prelude for the first part begins:
"One Autumn night, in Sudbury town,
Across the meadows bare and brown,
The windows of the wayside inn
Gleamed red with fire-light..."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781105967276
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
07/16/2012
Sold by:
LULU PRESS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
973,732
File size:
512 KB

Meet the Author

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet born in 1807. He is one of the five Fireside Poets. Longfellow is best known for his poems Paul Revere's Ride and Evangeline. Tales of a Wayside Inn is composed of a series of stories in verse. Different persons at the Red Horse Inn at Sudbury tell the stories. Many of the stories are drawn from legends of continental Europe and a few from American sources.

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Tales of a Wayside Inn 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside Inn. It is--sort of. The original is composed of three parts where the inn's occupants provide their tales in each of the three parts. However, thus e-book only contains the first part. Perhaps the publishers got hold of a defective copy and did not know they only had a partial example. After all, in this part IS Paul Revere's Ride and The Children's Hour. But that is not all that Longfellow wrote in his career. One who LOOKS for information about the Tales or consults Bartlett's Quotations will find references to other portions of this work. At the least, the information page should make a point that this is NOT the complete work so the purchaser is aware they are buying only a portion of the work. (To make it all more of a comedy of errors, when I discovered the lack of content, I searched out a different e-book on B&N's site and bought it. The second version alsowas just the first part and the publisher was Barnes and Noble. Gad!)
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