planned, but only one of which ever appeared, including studies of the Indians, of the White Mountains
, and of Acadie.
His mind thus seems to have worked curiously in line with Hawthorne
as to themes; and this, like his selection of a theme for his Commencement Oration, shows that Margaret Fuller
was too hasty in imputing to him an exotic quality, from the accident that his first prose books were on foreign subjects.
Both “Evangeline” and “Hiawatha” already existed, by implication, in the titles of these early sketches.
He was three years abroad and wrote to his sister, “My poetic career is finished.”
On his return in 1829 he became Professor
in Bowdoin College.
He still wrote, “If ever I publish a volume of poetry it will be many years first” --it being actually nine.
He published text-books and wrote “Outre-Mer,” the first sketches for which originally appeared in the New England Magazine
. In 1831 he was married to the daughter of the Hon. Barrett Potter
, Mary Storer Potter
She came of a family noted for a beauty which is prolonged into the present generation, and