Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: With Extracts from His Journals and Correspondence - Vol. 1

Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: With Extracts from His Journals and Correspondence - Vol. 1

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Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: With Extracts from His Journals and Correspondence - Vol. 1

Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: With Extracts from His Journals and Correspondence - Vol. 1

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The reader must be reminded at the outset, and must remember all along, that this is the Life of a man of letters. Mr. Longfellow was not that exclusively, but he was that supremely. He touched life at many points; and certainly he was no bookworm or dry-as-dust scholar shut up in a library. He kept the doors of his study always open, both literally and figuratively. But literature, as it was his earliest ambition, was always his most real interest; it was his constant point of view; it was his chosen refuge. His very profession was a literary one. Now, the life of a man of letters must needs be unexciting and uneventful in the eyes of men of activities and affairs. In such a life, a new book is a great adventure, a new poem or tale a chief event. Such a life can be painted only by a multitude of minute touches. For this reason, and because it was desirable that he should tell his own story as far as possible, a large part of this biography is made up of extracts from a daily journal. By such a method could the reader best learn how a man of letters spends his time . . .

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