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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 17: resignation of Professorship—to death of Mrs. Longfellow (search)
our constant courtesy and kindness, during the eighteen years of my connection with the College, I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, Your Obt. Servt. Henry W. Longfellow.Harvard College Papers [Ms.], 2d ser. XX. 345. To the President and Corporation of Harvard University. [to President Walker.] Cambridge, Feb. 16, 1854.r if it is not in proper form and phrase, I will write it over again. I also inclose the letters of Schele de Vere, and remain, Very faithfully Yours Henry W. LongfellowIb. 347. P. S. I have not assigned any reasons for my resignation, thinking it better to avoid a repetition of details, which I have already explainedon which I have received at your hands. With best wishes for the College and for yourselves, I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, Your Obedient Servant Henry W. Longfellow, Smith Professor of French and Spanish, and Professor of Belles Lettres.Harvard College Papers [Ms.], 2d ser. XXI. 249. Cambridge, August 23, 1854. [to
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 19: last trip to Europe (search)
gnitaries conspicuous by their scarlet robes, the one on whom all eyes were turned was Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The face was one which would have caught the spectator's glance, even if not called dinner by Mr. Bierstadt, the landscape painter, who had several hundred people to meet him. Mr. Longfellow had stipulated that there should be no speeches, but after dinner there were loud calls for this occasion. After all, it was simply impossible to sit at the social board with a man of Mr. Longfellow's world-wide fame, without offering him some tribute of their admiration. There was perhapsey were glad to welcome not only as a poet but as a citizen of America. Life, III. 114. Mr. Longfellow replied that they had taken him by surprise, a traveller just landed and with Bradshaw stilld. In the spring they visited Naples, Venice, and Innsbruck, returning then to England, where Longfellow received the degree of D. C. L. at Oxford; and they then visited Devonshire, Edinburgh, and th
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 20: Dante (search)
ante We come now to that great task which Longfellow, after an early experiment, had dropped for re in successful effort, any joint product. Longfellow had written long before to Freiligrath that in the direction of caution than of vigor. Longfellow's own temperament was of the gracious and coe Study of the Divine Comedy speaks only of Longfellow's notes and illustrations, which he praises onference, while in his Dante essay he ranks Longfellow's as the best of the complete translations, ad undoubtedly enhanced in width and depth Mr. Longfellow's knowledge of the Italian language; their ciel di bel sereno adorno. The following is Longfellow's translation of 1839, made by the man of thator rightly discards the oft of the earlier Longfellow version, but his at the beginning is surely Norton's prose translation as the standard, Longfellow's later version seems to me to gain scarcely33). It may be doubted, however, whether Longfellow, even if left to himself in making his vers[7 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 21: the Loftier strain: Christus (search)
holly satisfy an essentially original mind. Longfellow wrote in his diary, November 19, 1849, as foskin gave to it the strong praise of saying, Longfellow in his Golden Legend has entered more closelme being was the Golden Legend, the dream of Longfellow's poetic life would have been fulfilled. rs of a few centuries doubtless occur in it. Longfellow himself states the period at which he aims a that have a strange attractiveness for me. Longfellow writes to Fields from Vevey, September 5, 18dder has well said that there is no one of Mr. Longfellow's writings which may be said to have so dostions of sin. Be this as it may, we find in Longfellow's journal this brief entry (December 30): Reic form, there certainly seems no reason why Longfellow's attempt to grapple with the great theme sh and tender, which was a matter of course in Longfellow's hands, but strikingly varied, its compositeen widely read, and in all the vast list of Longfellow translations into foreign languages, there a[1 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 22: Westminster Abbey (search)
Chapter 22: Westminster Abbey Longfellow was the first American to be commemorated, on the mere ground of public service and distant kinship of blood, in Westmispired by that enterprise was partly due, at the outset, to the acceptance of Longfellow in England's greatest shrine. It may be fairly said, however, on reflection, On Saturday, March 2, 1884, at midday, the ceremony of unveiling a bust of Longfellow took place in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey. It is the work of Mr. Thomass a familiar friend. Nearly forty years ago I had occasion, in speaking of Mr. Longfellow, to suggest an analogy between him and the English poet Gray; and I have ner was a private character more answerable to public performance than that of Longfellow. Never have I known a more beautiful character. I was familiar with it dailritish colonies. It gave him the greater pleasure to do this, having known Mr. Longfellow in America, and having from boyhood enjoyed his poetry, which was quite as
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 24: Longfellow as a man (search)
uotes the words used long since in regard to Longfellow by Cardinal Wiseman,—words which find an appwas eminently true of the picturesqueness of Longfellow in his later years, with that look of immovae as existed at Craigie House in the days of Longfellow. Whether it is that professors are harder w that some one had written above a review of Longfellow's Evangeline by Felton, to be found at the Ae Saturday Club; and at their entertainments Longfellow was usually present, as were also, in the co a mistake to assume that on these occasions Longfellow was a recipient only. Of course Holmes and I find a singular charm in the society of Longfellow,—a soft voice, a sweet and cheerful temper, fence, but it brought with it a penalty to Mr. Longfellow's household, for the kindly bard gave ordees on, that the greatest service rendered by Longfellow—beyond all personal awakening or stimulus exs plainly self-limited; the modest career of Longfellow outshone it in the world's arena. Should th[9 more...
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Appendix I: Genealogy (search)
years. In 1834 he was elected President of the Maine Historical Society. He died in 1849, highly respected for his integrity, public spirit, hospitality, and generosity. In 1804 he had married Zilpah, daughter of General Peleg Wadsworth, of Portland. Of their eight children, Henry Wadsworth was the second. He was named for his mother's brother, a gallant young lieutenant in the Navy, who on the night of September 4, 1804, gave his life before Tripoli in the war with Algiers. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born on the 27th February, 1807; graduated at Bowdoin College in 1825; in 1829 was appointed Professor of Modern Languages in the same college; was married in 1831 to Mary Storer Potter (daughter of Barrett Potter of Portland), who died in 1835; in 1836 was appointed Professor of Modern Languages and Belles-Lettres in Harvard College, which office he held till 1854. He was again married in July, 1843, to Frances Elizabeth Appleton, daughter of Nathan Appleton, of Boston. She
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Appendix II: Bibliography (search)
9. Kavanagh: a Tale. Boston. 1850. The Seaside and the Fireside. Boston. 1851. The Golden Legend. Boston. 1855. The Song of Hiawatha. Boston. 1858. The Courtship of Miles Standish. Boston. 1863. Tales of a Wayside Inn. Boston. 1867. Flower-de-Luce. Boston. 1868. The New England Tragedies. Boston. 1867-70. Dante's Divine Comedy. A Translation. Boston. 1871. The Divine Tragedy. Boston. 1872. Christus: a Mystery. Boston. Three Books of Song. Boston. 1874. Aftermath. Boston. 1875. The Masque of Pandora, and other Poems. Boston. 1876-79. [Editor.] Poems of Places. 31 vols. Boston. 1878. Keramos, and other Poems. Boston. 1880. Ultima Thule. Boston. 1882. In the Harbor. Boston. 1883. Michael Angelo. Boston. 1886. A Complete Edition of Mr. Longfellow's Poetical and Prose Works, in 11 volumes, with introductions and notes, was published by Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Boston.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Appendix III: translations of Mr. Longfellows works (search)
Appendix III: translations of Mr. Longfellows works The following catalogue of translations of Mr. Longfellow's works is based, of course, upon that prepared by Mr. Samuel Longfellow for the memoir of his brother. This is here, however, reviseete exhibit. German Longfellow's Gedichte. Übersetzt von Carl Bottger. Dessau: 1856. Balladen und Lieder von H. W. Longfellow. Deutsch von A. R. Nielo. Munster: 1857. Longfellow's Gedichte. Von Friedrich Marx. Hamburg und Leipzig: 18689. Longfellow's Gedighten. Nagezongen door S. J. Van den Bergh. Haarlem: 1861. An Anthology. A. J. ten Brink, H. W. Longfellow. Bloemlezing en waardeering. Beverw. 1872. J. J. L. ten Kate in A. Bechger's Longfellow. Met een tal van Longfelliche e Novelle. Tradotte da C. Faccioli. Firenze: 1890. Uccelletti di Passo. [Birds of Passage.] Dalla Inglese di H. W. Longfellow. Rovigo: 1875. Excelsior. Traduzione dalla Inglese. A. Tebaldi. Portuguese El Rei Roberto de Sicilia. T
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
., 83, 129. Longfellow, Alice M., 117 note, 209. Longfellow, Fanny, 201. Longfellow, Frances A., Longfellow's engagement to, 171, 172; appearance, 173; assists her husband, 173; her letter to Eliza Potter, 174, 175; death, 211. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, birth of, 11; youth, 14-18; first poem on American subject, 17; college life, 18-20; shows American feeling in his Commencement oration, 21; early writings, 22; offers poems anonymously, 23; selections appear in Miscellaneous Poems, 2e, 60; description of, 61; her books, 62-64; begins housekeeping, 66; her letter about the Round Hill School, 81, 82; her letter about Longfellow's Outre-Mer, 83; her letters about their European trip, 88-106; her illness and death, 107-111; H. W. Longfellow's letter about, 113-115; her journals destroyed, 170. Longfellow, Rev., Samuel, 71, 91, 92, 106; his memoir of his brother, cited, 30 note, 85 note, 99 note, 189 note, 191 note, 199 note, 207 note, 224 note; quoted, 37, 38, 41-43,48-52, 1
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