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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Portrait and Background

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-Portrait and Background

In 1807, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine.

The stories of American history fascinated him and provided a backdrop for his many poems. Incorporating historical facts into his best-known works, Longfellow also created myths and legends.

His poems cover various time frames, such as Native-American oral history (The Song of Hiawatha), the Acadian diaspora (Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie) and the first skirmish of the American Revolution (Paul Revere's Ride).


Media Credits

Image appears in Portrait Gallery of Eminent Men and Women in Europe and America by Evert A. Duyckinick. (New York: Johnson, Wilson & Company, 1873.)

 

Image online, courtesy the U.S. Library of Congress.

 

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