HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/23/1863 - HFSID 164487
Sale Price $850.00
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Letter handwritten, signed and dated by Longfellow in 1863, thanking the recipient for a copy of Drifting Above. This was the year he published one of his most famous poems, Paul Revere's Ride.
Autograph letter signed: "Henry W. Longfellow", 3p, front and verso, 8¾x6¾. Also signed "Henry W. Longfellow" in unknown hand on front. Cambridge, 1863 May 23.In full: "My Dear Sir: I have just had the pleasure of receiving the copy of "Drifting Above", you have been so kind as to send me, and hasten to thank you, knowing how dangerous are delays, and to what misunderstanding they often give rise. I feel quite sure beforehand that you have made a lively and entertaining [illegible], and promise myself much amusement in its perusal. Meanwhile I beg leave to acknowledge the receipt of it and remain, Yours truly". Longfellow published Tales of a Wayside Inn, a narrative containing one of his most famous poems, Paul Revere's Ride, the year he wrote this letter.American poet and linguist Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) graduated at 18 from Bowdoin College so adept at languages that he studied European languages overseas for four years following his graduation in 1825. In 1829, he became the librarian and the Professor of Modern Languages at Bowdoin until 1835. He joined Harvard's language staff following a second European tour (1835-1836), during which he was particularly influenced by German Romanticism. While at Harvard (1836-1854), Longfellow published his first works, including the poetic volume, Voices in the Night (1839). He attained fame eight years later with his narrative poem, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (1847). After 1854, Longfellow devoted his time to writing, producing such works as the poetic masterpiece, The Song of Hiawatha (1855), and Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863), which contained his famous poem, "Paul Revere's Ride". Wide acclamation enabled Longfellow to be self- supporting, a rarity for a 19th century poet and writer. Lightly toned and creased. Adhesive residue and paper loss on fourth page (left side of front). Toned and worn along folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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