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Description - Selected Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The title of this book is Selected Poems and is written by author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The book Selected Poems is published by Penguin Books Ltd. The ISBN of this book is 9780140390643 and the format is Paperback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Selected Poems by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780140390643
ISBN-10: 0140390642
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was the most popular and admired American poet of the nineteenth century. Born in Portland, Maine, and educated at Bowdoin College, Longfellow's ambition was always to become a writer; but until mid-life his first profession was the teaching rather than the production of literature, at his alma mater (1829-35) and then at Harvard (1836-54). His teaching career was punctuated by two extended study-tours of Europe, during which Longfellow made himself fluent in all the major Romance and Germanic languages. Thanks to a fortunate marriage and the growing popularity of his work, from his mid-thirties onwards Longfellow, ensconced in a comfortable Cambridge mansion, was able to devote an increasingly large fraction of his energies to the long narrative historical and mythic poems that made him a household word, especially Evangeline (1847), The Song of Hiawatha (1855), The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), and Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863, 1872, 1873). Versatile as well as prolific, Longfellow also won fame as a writer of short ballads and lyrics, and experimented in the essay, the short story, the novel, and the verse drama. Taken as a whole, Longfellow's writings show a breadth of literary learning, an understanding of western languages and cultures, unmatched by any American writer of his time.

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