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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Born: Feb 27, 1807

Death: Mar 24, 1882

Birthplace: Portland

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Date of Birth : Feb 27, 1807
Date of Death : Mar 24, 1882
Birth Place : Portland

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy, and was one of the five Fireside Poets. Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, which was then a part of Massachusetts. He studied at Bowdoin College. After spending time in Europe he became a professor at Bowdoin and, later, at Harvard College. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night and Ballads and Other Poems. Longfellow retired from teaching in 1854, to focus on his writing, living the remainder of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a former headquarters of George Washington. 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 his translation. He died in 1882. Longfellow wrote many lyric poems known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend.

Profession


  • Writer
  • Professor
  • Poet

Also known as


  • Wadsworth Henry Longfellow
  • Henry W Longfellow

Parents


  • Stephen Longfellow
  • Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow

Spouse


  • Fanny Appleton Longfellow
  • Mary Storer Potter

Children


  • Alice Mary Longfellow
  • Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Charles Appleton Longfellow
  • Fanny Longfellow
  • Edith Longfellow
  • Anne Allegra Longfellow
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