Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life

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Beacon Press, 2004 - 317 Seiten
Charles C. Calhoun’s Longfellow gives life, at last, to the most popular American poet who ever lived, a nineteenth-century cultural institution of extraordinary influence and the “one poet average, nonbookish Americans still know by heart” (Dana Gioia).

Longfellow emerges as one of America’s first powerful cultural makers: a poet and teacher who helped define Victorian culture; a major conduit for European culture coming into America; a catalyst for the Colonial Revival movement in architecture and interior design; and a critic of both Puritanism and the American obsession with material success. Longfellow is also a portrait of a man in advance of his time in championing multiculturalism: he popularized Native American folklore; revived the Evangeline story (the foundational myth of modern Acadian and Cajun identity in the U.S. and Canada); wrote powerful poems against slavery; and introduced Americans to the languages and literatures of other lands.
 

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The City by the Sea
5
A Small College in Maine
26
The Passionate Pilgrim
39
Bungonuck Days
67
The Journey North
95
Castle Craigie
124
The Water Cure
150
A Seaside Idyll
167
Hiawatha
202
Charley Goes to War
221
Morituri Salutamus
240
Aftermath
250
Notes
263
Selected Bibliography
281
Acknowledgments
302
Index
306

Evangeline
179
Sail On O Union
194

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Über den Autor (2004)

Born in Louisiana, Charles C. Calhoun studied history at the University of Virginia and law at Christ Church, Oxford. He divides his time between Boston and Portland, Maine, where he is on the staff of the Maine Humanities Council.

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