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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 2: birth, childhood, and youth (search)
em were greatly given to miscellaneous reading; and both of them also spent a good deal of time in the woods of Brunswick, which were, and still are, beautiful. Longfellow pursued the appointed studies, read poetry, was fond of Irving, and also of books about the Indians, an experience which in later life yielded him advantage. It is just possible that these books may have revived in him a regret expressed in one of his early college letters that he had not gone to West Point instead of Bowdoin,—some opportunity of appointment to the military school, perhaps through his uncle, General Wadsworth, having possibly been declined in his behalf. From a manuscript letter not dated as to year, but written, apparently, while he was a freshman. It is curious indeed to reflect that had he made this different selection, he might have been known to fame simply as Major-General Longfellow. Hon. J. W. Bradbury, another classmate, describes Henry Longfellow as having a slight, erect figure
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 5: first visit to Europe (search)
Chapter 5: first visit to Europe Longfellow's college class (1825) numbered thirty-seven, and his rank in it at graduation was nominally fourth—though actually third, through the sudden death of a classmate just before Commencement. Soon after his graduation, an opportunity occurred to establish a professorship of modern languages in the college upon a fund given by Mrs. Bowdoin; and he, being then scarcely nineteen, and nominally a law student in his father's office, was sent to Europe to prepare himself for this chair, apparently on an allowance of six hundred dollars a year. The college tradition is that this appointment—which undoubtedly determined the literary tendencies of his whole life—was given to him in consequence of the impression made upon an examining committee by the manner in which he had translated one of Horace's odes. He accordingly sailed from New York for Europe on May 15, 1826, having stopped at Boston on the way, where he dined with Professor George Tick<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
ed, 184, 185. Boston Public Library, 139 note, 167 note. Boston Quarterly Review, the, 125, 126 note. Bosworth, Dr., 111. Bowdler, Miss, Hannah, 62. Bowdoin, Mrs., gives fund to Bowdoin College, 45. Bowdoin College, 17, 18, 23, 60, 61, 73; Longfellow graduates from, 37; becomes professor of modern languages at, 56; L of Bryant, 27; contributes articles in Irving's style, 27; letter to, from Jared Sparks, declining article, 29, 30; his Our Native Writers, 30-36; graduates from Bowdoin, 37; literature his definite purpose, 37; writes to his father about his profession, 38-40, 41, 43; father's reply, 40, 41; first visit to Europe to prepare for BBowdoin professorship, 45; writes to his mother, 46, 47; enjoyment of France, 48-50; begins his studies in Germany, 51, 52; beginning of Outre-Mer, 55; Hyperion, 55; returns home, 56; becomes professor of modern languages at Bowdoin College, 56; prepares his own text-books, 57; contributes to the North American Review, 58; publishes