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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... Read More


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Written by Dante, Edited by Matthew Pearl, Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Introduction by Lino Pertile
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6721-0 (0-8129-6721-6)

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... Read more

Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Illustrated by Susan Jeffers
Puffin Books | Trade Paperback | October 1996
$7.99/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-055882-1 (0-14-055882-9)

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editor's Choice
Rich in imagery and detail, this exquisitely rendered picture book introduces readers to one of America's favorite classic poems, "The Song of Hiawatha" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Illustrated by Susan Jeffers, the Caldecott-Honor winning author of Three Jovial Huntsmen, A... Read more

Paul Revere's Ride
Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Illustrated by Ted Rand
Puffin Books | Trade Paperback | March 1996
$6.99/8.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-055612-4 (0-14-055612-5)

Longfellow's tribute to the famous revolutionary hero begins with the stirring cadence that American schoolchildren have committed to memory for over a century. Now illustrator Ted Rand brings these vivid and beautiful lines to life as dramatically as the poet's immortal message inspires."The clatter of hooves seems to echo in Rand's... Read more

Selected Poems
Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Introduction by Lawrence Buell
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 1988
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-039064-3 (0-14-039064-2)


Longfellow was the most popular poet of his day. This selection includes generous samplings from his longer works—Evangeline, The Courtship of Miles Standish, and Hiawatha—as well as his shorter lyrics and less familiar narrative poems.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking...

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