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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 2: birth, childhood, and youth (search)
iefly on the eastern frontier. He was captured, was imprisoned, escaped, and had many stirring adventures. When the war was over he purchased from the State no less than 7500 acres of wild land, and spent the rest of his life at Hiram, Maine, representing his congressional district, however, for fourteen years in the national Congress. Through the Wadsworths and Bartletts, the poet could trace his descent to not less than four of the Mayflower pilgrims, including Elder Brewster and Captain John Alden. Judge Longfellow, the poet's grandfather, is described as having been a fine-looking gentleman with the bearing of the old school; an erect, portly figure, rather tall; wearing, almost to the close of his life, the old-style dress,—long skirted waistcoat, small-clothes, and white-topped boots, his hair tied behind in a club, with black ribbon. General Wadsworth was described by his daughter as a man of middle size, well proportioned, with a military air, and who carried himself so
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 12: voices of the night (search)
of the illustrated edition of his poems, They appear to be more beautiful than on former readings, much as I then admired them. The exquisite music of your verse dwells more than ever on my ear. Life, II. 31. Their personal relation remained always cordial, but never intimate, Longfellow always recognizing his early obligations to the elder bard and always keeping by him the first edition of Bryant's poems, published in 1821. Both poets were descended from a common pilgrim ancestry in John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, whose story Longfellow has told. Bigelow's Life of Bryant, p. 3. Thus much for first experiences with the world of readers. The young professor's academical standing and services must be reserved for another chapter. But he at once found himself, apart from this, a member of a most agreeable social circle, for which his naturally cheerful temperament admirably fitted him. It is indeed doubtful if any Harvard professor of to-day could record in his note-books
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
Index Advertiser, The Boston Daily, 41. Agamenticus, 131. Agassiz, Louis, 242, 285. Alcott, A. Bronson, 271, 285. Alden, Capt., John, 13,146. Alhambra, the, 50. Allen, Capt., 46. America, 50-52, 65, 71, 73, 90, 91, 95, 98, 101, 106, 112, 143, 161,173, 215, 222, 248, 254-256, 259, 271, 272; series of Annuals in, 72; Longfellow addresses poets of, 77. American Antiquarian Society, 118 note. American Modern Language Association, 184. American Monthly Magazine, the, 22. Amherst College, 3. Amsterdam, 108. Andersen, Hans C., 193. Andrews, William P., 234; his paper On the Translation of Faust, quoted, 233. Angler's Song, the, 79. Antwerp, 161. Appleton, Frances E. See Longfellow, Frances A. Appleton, Nathan, 121,171. Appleton, Thomas G., 103, 219, 273. Arfwedson, Mr. and Mrs., 93, 95. Arnold, Mr., 70. Arnold, Matthew, 6. Atchafalaya, Lake, 195. Athenaeum Library, 285. Atlantic Monthly, the, cited, 233 note; mentioned, 287. Auersb