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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 14: anti-slavery poems and second marriage (search)
oems on board ship and publishing them in a thin pamphlet on his return. Parties on the subject were already strongly drawn; the anti-slavery party being itself divided into subdivisions which criticised each other sharply. Longfellow's temperament was thoroughly gentle and shunned extremes, so that the little thin yellow-covered volume came upon the community with something like a shock. As a matter of fact, various influences had led him up to it. His father had been a subscriber to Benjamin Lundy's Genius of Universal Emancipation, the precursor of Garrison's Liberator. In his youth at Brunswick, Longfellow had thought of writing a drama on the subject of Toussaint l'ouverture, his reason for it being thus given, that thus I may do something in my humble way for the great cause of negro emancipation. Margaret Fuller, who could by no means be called an abolitionist, described the volume as the thinnest of all Mr. Longfellow's thin books; spirited and polished like its forerun
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
Association, 121. Louis the Sixteenth, 47. Lover's Seat, the, cited, 143 note. Lowell, John A., 182. Lowell, James R., 1, 6, 57, 59, 82, 146, 192, 197, 211, 223, 228, 248, 251, 271, 273, 285, 294; intimacy with Longfellow, 168, 169; on Longfellow's Dante translations, 227; expresses gratitude for honor done to Longfellow, 251-255; likes English ways, 260, 261, Poe's influence on, 268; his literary alterations, 269. Lowell, Miss, Sally, 121. Lucerne, 8. Lugano, 224. Lundy, Benjamin, his Genius of Universal Emancipation, mentioned, 163. Lunt, George, 165. Lyly, John, 55. McHenry, Dr., James, praises Longfellow, 22. McLane, Mr., 118. Madrid, 50. Maine, 11, 17, 208; Cumberland County, 220. Maler River, the, 93. Malherbe, Francis de, 191. Marienberg, 157, 161, 170. Marseilles, 3, 94. Marshall, Emily, 19. Marshall, Chief Justice, John, 6. Massachusetts, 186; Legislature, 11. Mather, Cotton, 138,239; his Magnalia, mentioned, 149. Matsys, Q