Longfellow in Love: Passion and Tragedy in the Life of the Poet

Longfellow in Love: Passion and Tragedy in the Life of the Poet

by Edward M. Cifelli


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After four years travelling through Europe and a yearlong romance with Giulia Persiani in Rome, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow came back home in 1829 and fell in love again, this time with Mary Storer Potter, whom he married in 1831. They travelled together to England and Scandinavia in 1834 but their happiness was cut short when she died in 1835.
In 1836, traveling in Switzerland, he met the woman who would become the grand passion of his life, 18-year old Fanny Appleton of Boston. But she, a wealthy textile heiress, was not interested in settling down with a Harvard professor. She rebuffed his advances for six years—then suddenly changed her mind and married him on July 13, 1843. For the next 18 years they were “America’s couple,” and Longfellow became America’s poet—and then tragedy struck once again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476675053
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/03/2018
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 567,743
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edward M. Cifelli has written literary biographies of two other American poets, David Humphreys (18th century) and John Ciardi (20th century). He has also edited books of letters, poetry and essays, and written a decade of movie reviews for theNew Jersey Herald. He lives in Dade City, Florida.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Prologue: December 2, 1834 3

Part One: Mary Storer Potter

 1. From Portland and Brunswick to Paris, Madrid and Rome 5

 2. “Her Ladyship” 41

 3. “Utter darkness” 59

 4. The “Being Beauteous” 79

Part Two: Frances Elizabeth Appleton

 5. The Rogue and the Professor 93

 6. Longo and Carlo 115

 7. The Dark Lady and the Mad Man 130

 8. The Cure 149

 9. The Miracle 179

Part Three: “Ever and forever, thy Fanny”

10. From Craigie House to Longfellow House 192

11. Evangeline, Minnehaha and Priscilla 226

12. July 9, 1861 242

Chapter Notes 263

Bibliography 280

Index 283

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