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The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nationality is a good thing to a certain extent, but universality is better. All that is best in the great poets of all countries is not what is national in them, but what is universal.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1855 (Photo courtesy the Longfellow National Historic Site)

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Poetry

The most comprehensive collection available of Longfellow's poetry is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings, edited by J.D. McClatchy, published in hardback by the Library of America (2000). It includes selections from thirteen of Longfellow's collections of poetry, the unabridged Evangeline and The Courtship of Miles Standish, and a chronology of the poet's life.

Paperback versions of Longfellow's verse include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Selected Poems with an introduction by Lawrence Buell (New York: Penguin, 1988) and Evangeline and Selected Tales and Poems with an introduction by Horace Gregory (New York: Signet, 2005).

An unabridged version of Tales of a Wayside Inn is published by Longfellow's Wayside Inn (Sudbury, MA: 1995).

Selected Books about Longfellow and His Poetry

Calhoun, Charles C. Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life. Boston: Beacon Press, 2004.

Gale, Robert L. A Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Companion. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and His Portland Home. Portland, ME: Maine Historical Society, 2004.

Irmscher, Christoph. Longfellow Redux. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2006.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The Letters of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. ed. Andrew Hilen. 6 vols. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 1966–82.

Visit the Poetry Foundation’s website for a biography and bibliography of Longfellow, along with many of his poems.
The Maine Historical Society preserves Longfellow’s childhood home in Portland, Maine, now called the Wadsworth-Longfellow House. This site provides extensive biographical information as well as teaching resources, lesson plans, films, images and information on the house.
The National Park service maintains the home Longfellow occupied from 1837 to 1882 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the Longfellow National Historic Site (Craigie House). This site provides a tour of the house, family information, photos, and teaching materials.
Longfellow's Wayside Inn was originally known as Howe's Tavern. Located in Sudbury, Massachusetts, Longfellow visited the tavern in 1862 and was the setting of his poem, Tales of a Wayside Inn.

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