The life story of Longfellow is full of drama, romance, and tragedy. The poet was born in a small seaport village in Maine. There, he began his dreams, gazing across the vast ocean to Europe. His dreams came true in a very unlikely profession—poetry. His fame reached far and wide, drawing him into the highest circles of society. Though sorrow came with his success, he continued to produce some of his most eloquent works, still quoted 200 years after his birth. Such poems as Paul Revere’s Ride, Tales of a Wayside Inn, Evangeline, A Psalm of Life, The Courtship of Miles Standish, and The Song of Hiawatha are some of his more memorable works. Paperback 158 pages
Boston 1865. A series of murders, all of them inspired by scenes from Dante's Inferno. Only an elite group of America's first Dante scholars - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendall Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and J.T. Fields - can solve the mystery. With the police baffled, more lives endangered, and Dante's literary future at stake, the Dante Club must shed its sheltered literary existence and find the killer. Includes authors notes and readers guide. Paperback. 380 pgs.
In 1867, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow completed the first American translation of Inferno and thus introduced Dante's literary genius to the New World. In the Inferno, the spirit of the classical poet Virgil leads Dante through the nine circles of Hell on the initial stage of his journey toward heaven. Along the way Dante encounters and describes in vivid detail the various types of sinners in the throes of their eternal torment. Paperback.
In England, the news of Longfellow’s death at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on March 24, 1882, was reported by the press not only extensively, but with expressions reflective also of the special regard that existed there for the poet and his works. It was within the context of this esteem and as a manifestation of it that less than five months after the poet’s death, a movement was initiated in England to provide what would be an unprecedented tribute—a bust of Longfellow would be installed in that nation’s most historic shrine and place of worship, Westminster Abbey. Lathem traces the history of the endeavor in this monograph published by the Maine Historical Society. Hardcover 90 Pages
"This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks.." so begins the epic poem "Evangeline" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poignant photographs of modern Acadia taken by Mark Marchesi, provide a brilliant tribute to the persistence of Longfellow's vision even in our century. An important and hopeful vision - of a continuing, vibrant tradition of stories woven around a landscape that Longfellow, more than 150 years ago, imagined as forever filled with a dreamy magical light. Color photographs accompany selections from the poem along with an index and afterword by Mark Marchesi. Hardcover. 106 pgs.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline describes the betrothal of a fictional Acadian girl named Evangeline Bellefontaine to her beloved, Gabriel Lajeunesse, and their separation as the British deport the Acadians from Acadie in the Great Upheaval. The poem then follows Evangeline across the landscapes of America as she spends years in a search for him, at some times being near to Gabriel without realizing he was near. Finally she settles in Philadelphia and, as an old woman, works as a Sister of Mercy among the poor. While tending the dying during an epidemic she finds Gabriel among the sick, and he dies in her arms. Paperback. 77 pgs.
This is a special commemorative edition of Longfellow epic poem to honor the Acadians as they celebrate the 400 year anniversary, in 2004, of the first Acadian settlement. Black and white images interspersed throughout the text. Hardcover. 187 pgs.
It has been said that a copy of Longfellow's narrative poem "Evangeline" could be found in every literate household in America in the 19th century. Certainly its poignant romance touched many hearts and stirred deepening interest in Longfellow. This Dover Thrift Edition contains the complete poem and a number of other widely admired Longfellow poems. Paperback. 67 pgs.
This book introduces younger readers to the happy and hardworking Acadians who at first tried to tolerate suffering under British rule in order to stay in their land. As time passed, more battles broke out between the French and the English. Eventually even the Acadian priests were accused if being violent spies disloyal to the crown. Bitterness crossed into both camps. Read here about the tragic expulsion of the Acadians and the circumstances that led up to their forced exodus. Paperback. 182 pgs.
The epic tale by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of the deportation of the Acadians from Nova Scotia. Condensed and retold here with colorful illustrations throughout. Hardcover.32 pgs.
It's 1836, and nineteen-year-old Fanny Appleton, a privileged daughter of a wealthy, upper-class Boston industrialist, is touring Europe with her family. Like many girls of her day, she enjoys the fine clothes, food and company of elite social circles. But unlike her peers, Fanny is also drawn to more intellectual pursuits. Published author and poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is also touring Europe. Widowed while on tour, he has stayed in order to gather credentials that he hopes will secure his professorship at Harvard College. When Henry meets Fanny, he sees in her a kindred spirit, a lover of language and literature and high ideals. He is in love, Fanny is uncertain. He is ten years her senior and from a much lower social class. How could such a relationship ever thrive? Could a book of Henry's poetry, personally delivered, persuade Fanny to believe in a love that lasts forever and forever? Paperback. 327 pgs.
A provocative biography of one of the country's first explorer-topographers, Alexander Longfellow, Sr., the neglected brother of famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. With humor, self-effacement, grace and touching affection, this man wrote letters to his family, drew maps and drawings, and lived the rough life as he explored and charted the far reaches of the American landscape, shook hands with presidents, sailed around the Horn, and toured the South through the ruins of the Civil War, leaving us a rich legacy of documents to give us a rare picture of America in the 1880's. Paperback 265 pages, 55 illustrations: with maps, charts, photographs, drawings; preface, notes, index.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow grew up in the Wadsworth-Longfellow house, built by his grandfather in 1785-1786. On her death in 190l, Anne Longfellow Pierce, the poet's sister, bequeathed the residence to the Maine Historical Society. This book celebrates the centennial of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House and its restoration. Extensive research of the family and their furnishings along with the reproduction of documented wallpapers, carpeting, textiles and paint colors contribute to an authentic recreation of an historic ante-bellum American interior. The poet would recognize many features of his boyhood home as it appears today. Specify hardcover at $19.95 or paperback at $12.95.
This small book offers a selection of Longfellow's most beloved poems including: The Village Blacksmith, A Psalm of Life, The Rainy Day, The Arrow and the Song, My Lost Youth, and many others. Includes an alphabetical list of first lines. Paperback. 85 pages
When Peleg Wadsworth built his family home on Congress Street in 1786, he could see the Fore River from his front door. The city grew up around the structure as the Wadsworth-Longfellow family flourished and made history within its walls. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote his first childhood poem in the house before going on to pen great classics including "Paul Revere's Ride" and Evangeline. Young Henry watched his father, Stephen, help craft the Maine Constitution and experienced revolutionary ideals of his home city. Step inside the historic Longfellow house and explore the city that shaped a beloved American poet. Black & white photos, maps and other images throughout. Paperback. 142 pgs.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic THE SONG OF HIAWATHA weaves together the beautiful oral traditions of the American Indian into a great epic poem. In this excerpt of some of its most lyrical verses, artist Susan Jeffers illuminates Longfellow's hypnotic account of Hiawatha's childhood. Rich in imagery and detail, the exquisitely rendered paintings introduce readers to one of America's favorite poems. paperback, 1983.
New for 2004, Longfellow:A Coloring Book offers 13 illustrations of favorite Longfellow poems with corresponding verses. Illustrations by Michael R. Gerard, Jr.
A genealogy of the Longfellow family before and after Henry Wadsworth. Beginning with the Longfellow family crest and the first generation all the way to the 10th generation and "collateral families". Also included are bibliographies, addendum, and name indexes. Black and white photographs and documents throughout. Hardcover. 1160 pgs.
Created exclusively for Maine Historical Society by local children's author & illustrator Jennie Brett. Beginning December 1st, open one window each day to reveal a Longfellow related image! Will it be one of the characters Longfellow created such as Evangeline or Hiawatha? Or maybe it will be family members, his dog Trap, or maybe even Henry Wadsworth Longfellow himself! Full of colorful illustrations to delight the whole family. Measures 9x12 and comes with a mailing envelope.
This 15 oz. mug features eight famous quotes from Portland poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The perfect size for your morning coffee, tea, or hot chocolate!
Listen as Layne Longfellow reads 18 of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's most beloved poems. Music by Michael Hoppe. 50 minutes running time.
Listen as Layne Longfellow reads 17 of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's mot beloved poems. Musical accompaniment by Michael Hoppe. This edition comes with an illustrated booklet containing information about the poet and his poems. 50 minutes running time.
Longfellow, the most popular poet of his day, wrote many short lyrics as well as book-length narrative poems. This selection includes generous samplings from his longer works—Evangeline, The Courtship of Miles Standish, and Hiawatha—as well as his most famous shorter lyrics and less familiar narrative poems. Paperback: 432 pages
Contained in this volume for the first time in over 25 years is a full-scale literary portrait of our country's greatest popular poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Here are the poems that created an American mythology: Evangeline, Song of Hiawatha, The Courtship of Miles Standish, The Wreck of the Hesperus, The Village Blacksmith, The Childrens Hour, Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and many many others. Hardcover, 2002, 802pp.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's immortal poem about this famous revolutionary is now movingly portrayed by Ted Rand, "a master of atmosphere and moonlight" (School Library Journal). paperback, 1990.
Longfellow's stirring verses, which dramatize Paul Revere's ride to warn the colonists of an impending British attack, have inspired generations of Americans. Rich, impeccably researched paintings by Charles Santore capture all the excitement and danger of that courageous revolutionary act as this legendary patriot races across the pages once again. Hardcover. 32 pgs.
Presented in picture book format, this unfocused collection of poems and extracts from this 19th-century poet gathers up a few chestnuts, but also (unintentionally and unjustly) suggests ample reason to avoid the rest of his oeuvre. Preceded by a dense introduction, the more accessible selections``The Arrow and the Song,'' the ever-charming ``Children's Hour,'' and the wonderfully lurid ``Wreck of The Hesperus''are scattered gems among such deadening material as ``Woods In Winter'' (``with solemn feet I tread the hill,/That overbrows the lonely vale''), ``A Psalm Of Life,'' and ``Hymn To The Night'' (``Peace! Peace! Orestes-like I breathe this prayer!''). In addition, ``Evangeline'' is represented by a mere six lines, and even ``Paul Revere's Ride'' is incomplete. Painting in a realistic style, Wallace shows more facility depicting landscapes than people. Even though Longfellow's famous poems are readily available elsewhere, few readersafter plowing through this uninspired handfulwill feel an urge to read more. Paperback. 48 pages
This book offers an extended commentary on the artifacts collected in the exhibition "Public Poet, Private Man" on display from January to April 2007 at Houghton Library, Harvard University. Each of the eight chapters corresponds to one of the eight display cases and provides a narrative that added depth and context to the objects included in the exhibit. The primary objective of "Public Poet, Private Man" is to honor, on the bicentennial of his birth, a poet who was both immensely cosmopolitan and deeply rooted in the New England region. It paints a portrait of Longfellow as a professional author, devoted friend and family man. This book can also be read as a loosely constructed introduction to America's most popular poet and the world that shaped him and that he helped to shape in turn.
Arguably America’s most recognized poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the equivalent of a movie star in his day (1807–1882), and his epic poems, such as “Paul Revere’s Ride,” “Evangeline,” and “Song of Hiawatha” helped create the mythic vision of America that still exists today. Many of his lines and phrases such as, “Into every life a little rain must fall,” have weathered the centuries and become part of the cultural canon. Introduced by Maine poet laureate Wesley McNair, this collection of gems makes an excellent keepsake or gift. Hardcover 104 pages
The infectious rhythm of The Song of Hiawatha has captured the ears of millions. Once drawn in, they've stayed to hear about the young brave with the magic moccasins, who talks with animals and uses his supernatural gifts to bring peace and enlightenment to his people. America's most popular nineteenth-century poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow devoted himself to providing his country with a national mythology, poetic tradition, and epic forms. Known and loved by generations of schoolchildren for its evocative storytelling, his 1855 classic is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature, combining romance and idealism in an idyllic natural setting. Paperback. 142 pgs.
In this handsome, new and freshly reset edition, the complete and unabridged text of Longfellow's epic poem "The Song of Hiawatha" is accompanied by pen-and-ink drawings by Frederic Remington. Paperback. 284 pgs.
Join Gemma Cannon as she takes us on her five-year odyssey. It begins with her discovery that not even her experience and training as a grief counselor could help her cope with her own brutal loss. But then, in a small reading room in a Maine library, she uncovers a message from the 19th century that overturns current conventional wisdom. It reveals the path to renewal, and she it transformed. In these pages, she shares the inspiration from the past that transfigures loss so that we, like previous generations of readers, may be sustained by hope. Paperback. 151 pgs.
"What Longfellow Heard" is a powerful telling, in many of the words and musings of the poet himself, of his tragic quest for love and family, his longing for art and fame, and his heartbreaking loss. Discover how his art and faith wrestled within him while he desperately tried to make peace with the tumult of his times. Experience the tragedy of his first marriage, his long road to recovery, and his passion for the woman he pursued for seven years while the nation fractured and his poetry soared. "What Longfellow Heard" is a novel with profound relevance to our modern-day polarization, increasingly clouded national identities, and the universal aching for peace, joy, and purpose in the midst of conflict and confusion. Paperback. 333 pgs.