Longfellow's Poetical Works.

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Printed: 1879

Publisher: Frederick Warne. London

Edition: Reprint

Dimensions 16 × 20 × 6 cm
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Language: English

Size (cminches): 16 x 20 x 6

£36.00
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Full tan leather binding with gilt title and raised banding on the spine. Gilt edging and Magdalene college emblem on both boards. Reprint of American edition.

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A very comprehensive book which most unfortunately was printed on poor paper, hence the current price.

Still a worthy copy

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include “Paul Revere’s Ride”, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was the first American to translate Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy and was one of the fireside poets from New England.

Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, which was then still part of Massachusetts. He studied at Bowdoin College and became a professor at Bowdoin and later at Harvard College after spending time in Europe. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). He retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, and he lived the remainder of his life in the Revolutionary War headquarters of George Washington in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on translating works from foreign languages. Longfellow died in 1882.

Longfellow wrote many lyric poems known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and had success overseas. He has been criticized for imitating European styles and writing poetry that was too sentimental.

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