Person:Henry Longfellow (1)

  1. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow1807 - 1882
  1. Edith Longfellow1853 - 1915
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Name Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Gender Male
Birth[1] 27 Feb 1807 Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States
Marriage to Frances Elizabeth Appleton
Death[1] 24 Mar 1882 Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Burial[2] Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Reference Number? Q152513?

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator. His original works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was the first American to completely translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and was one of the fireside poets from New England.

Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, which was then still part of Massachusetts. He graduated from Bowdoin College and became a professor there and, later, at Harvard College after studying in Europe. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). He retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, and he lived the remainder of his life in the Revolutionary War headquarters of George Washington in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on translating works from foreign languages. Longfellow died in 1882.

Longfellow wrote many lyric poems known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and had success overseas. He has been criticized for imitating European styles and writing poetry that was too sentimental.

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