HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
| 1807 Born in Portland, Maine, February 27.|
| 1825 Graduated from Bowdoin Collage, many of
his poems already having been published
| 1826-29 Studied in France, Spain, Italy, Germany.|
| 1829-35 Professor and librarian at Bowdoin.
Married Mary Storer Potter, 1831.|
| 1835-36 Accepted professorship of modern
languages and belles-lettres at Harvard,
and went abroad to improve his knowledge
of German 'and Scandinavian. Wife died. Outre-Mer published.|
| 1836 Began comfortable but busy period of
college work and pleasant social life.|
| 1839 Hyperion and Voices of the Night published.|
| 1841 Ballads and Other Poems.|
| 1842 Went to Europe. Formed friendship with
Freiligrath. Visited Dickens and others in England. Wrote Poems on Slavery on trip
| 1843 Married Frances Elizabeth Appleton. The
| 1845 The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems (published Dec., 1845; dated 1846).|
| 1847 Evangeline.|
| 1849 Kavanagh, a novel.|
| 1850 The Seaside and the Fireside.|
| 1851 The Golden Legend (afterwards part II of Christus).|
| 1854 Resigned professorship.|
| 1855 The Song of Hiawatha.|
| 1858 The Courtship of Miles Standish and Other
| 1861 Tragic death of his wife.|
| 1863 Tales of a Wayside Inn (second and third
parts published in 1872 and 1873 respectively). Finished translation of Dante's Divine Comedy, begun earlier: publication
completed in 1867.|
| 1866 Flower-de-Luce (dated 1867).|
| 1868 New England Tragedies (afterwards part III
| 1868-69 Toured Europe. Honorary degrees from Cambridge and Oxford.|
| 1871 The Divine Tragedy (afterwards part I of Christus).|
| 1872 Christus, a Mystery (made up of the three
parts already listed, with additions of interludes and a finale). Three Books of Song.|
| 1873 Aftermath.|
| 1874 The Hanging of the Crane.|
| 1875 The Masque of Pandora, and Other Poems.|
| 1878 Kéramos and Other Poems.|
| 1880 Ultima Thule.|
| 1881 Suffered nervous prostration.|
| 1882 Died in Cambridge, March 24. In the Harbor (part II of Ultima Thule).|
| 1883 Michael Angelo published.|
| 1884 Bust unveiled in Westminster Abbey—first
American so honored.|
| The Cambridge History of American Literature, II, 425-436. (The basic bibliography, prepared by
H. W. L. Dana. Includes items about Longfellow prior to 1918.)|
| Chew, B. The Longfellow Collectors' Hand-Book: A Bibliography of First Editions. New York: 1885.|
| Livingston, L. S. A Bibliography of the First
Edition in Book Form of the Writings of Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow. New York: 1908.|
III. Biography and Criticism
| The Writings of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with
Bibliographical and Critical Notes. Riverside Edition. Bogton: 1886. 11 vols. ( Poems, I-VI; Prose, VII-VIII; Divine Comedy, IX-XI.
Vol. VII, pp. 409-410, lists 22 reviews and
studies of literary topics which have never been
collected and are available only in periodicals,
such as the review of a new edition of Sidney's Defence of Poetry in the North American Review, XXXIV, 56-78 [ Jan., 1832].)|
| Complete Works. Standard Library Edition. Boston: 1891. 14 vols. (Same as above, illustrated, with the addition of the three-volume Life by
| Complete Writings. Craigie Edition. Boston: 1904.
11 vols. (Same as the Riverside Edition, with
| Complete Poetical Works, ed. by
H. E. Scudder.
Cambridge Edition. Boston: 1903. (Reprinted
at later dates. The best one-volume edition,
with valuable headnotes, and with "A Chronological List of Mr. Longfellow's Poems" on
pp. 676-679. There are other one-volume
editions, the Household, the Cabinet, etc.)|
| Pettengill, R. W. (ed.). Longfellow's Boyhood
Poems;a Paper . . . together with the Text of
Hitherto Uncollected Early Poems and Bibliography. Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: 1925. (The "Paper" is by
G. T. Little.)|
| Allen, G. W. "Longfellow", in American Prosody. New York: 1935, pp. 154-192. (An authoritative
and detailed survey of Longfellow's use of a
wide variety of meters and stanzas. Concludes:
"Longfellow's greatest contribution . . . was not
specifically any new theory or practice but a
general, broad, and deep influence toward the
search for new forms, based on a wide acquaintance with the chief poetic techniques of the
world" [p. 191].)|
| Appelmann, A. H. "Longfellow's Poems onSlavery in Their Relationship to Freiligrath"|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Major American Poets.
Contributors: Harry Hayden Clark - Author.
Publisher: American Book Company.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1936.
Page number: 847.
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