ago, ‘A stranger can hardly have an idea of how familiar many of our working people, especially women, are with Longfellow
Thousands can repeat some of his poems who have never read a line of Tennyson
and probably never heard of Browning
This passage I take from an admirable recent sketch by Professor Edwin A. Grosvenor
of Amherst College, one of the most cosmopolitan of Americans
, who spent seven years as professor of history at Robert College, Constantinople
He goes on to tell how, in the largest private library in the Ottoman Empire
, the grand vizier showed him as his favorite book a large volume of Longfellow
, full of manuscript comments in Turkish on the margin, adding that he knew some of the poems by heart.
was at one time— in 1879—travelling by steamer from Constantinople
with a Russian lady who had been placed under his escort, and whose nationality could have been detected only by her marvellous knowledge of half a dozen languages beside her own. A party of passengers had been talking in French of Victor Hugo
, when the Russian
lady exclaimed in English to the last speaker, ‘How can you, an American, give to him the place that is occupied by your own Longfellow
is the universal poet.
He is better known, too, among foreigners, than ’