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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)

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.

All poems used in this Reader’s Guide are on the Poetry Foundation’s website: A biography and bibliography are also available there.

Other Books You Might Enjoy
  • David Hackett Fischer's Paul Revere's Ride, 1994
  • Matthew Pearl's The Dante Club, 2003
  • Joan Shelley Rubin's Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America, 2007
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