HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JOHANNES TRUMBULL - HFSID 178299
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HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, CO-SIGNED BY: JOHANNES TRUMBULL
Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow signed this letter "in most desperate haste" about lectures that he was preparing on German literature. Affixed to a sheet of paper.
Autograph letter signed "Henry W. Longfellow". Black ink notations on front and verso of mounting paper in unknown hand. Also with signature of "Johannes Trumbull" on verso. 1 page, 7¼x4 letter and 3 ¾ x ¼ signature affixed to7 ¼ x 6 sheet of paper. The notations mis-identify Trumbull'ssignatureas "JOHN TRUMBULL/The author of 'M'Final.'". Letter in full: "I write you these lines in most desperate haste I am very much engaged at present in preparing Lectures on German Literature for next summer Term. I trust, that you and yours are well. Fellow will tell you more about me, than you will want to Know. With Kind regards to you lady, and Willis. Very truly yours". American poet and linguist 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, stained and creased. Irregular edges. Otherwise in fine condition.
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