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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Birth and Death

Longfellow was born on the 27th of February, 1807 and expired on the 24th of March, 1882.

City of Birth

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine in the U.S.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Education

Longfellow was a student at Bowdoin College and became a professor there. He later became a professor at Harvard College.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Born in an English family, he was the son of a lawyer and his maternal grandfather, Peleg Wadsworth, was an officer at the American Revolutionary War and also a Member of Congress.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Life in Brief

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was married twice: his first wife was Mary Storer Potter. She passed away after a miscarriage. Longfellow married again.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When his second wife, Frances Elizabeth Appleton passed away due to burns, Longfellow had a tough time writing poetry for a very long period. This is when he concentrated on translating works from other different languages.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote lyric poetry. He had many of his earlier works published in literary journals. Among those, he published around 40 between the years 1824 and 1825.

Following are a List of His Works.

  • Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage Beyond the Sea(Travelogue) (1835)
  • Hyperion, a Romance (1839)
  • The Spanish Student. A Play in Three Acts(1843)
  • Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie (epic poem) (1847)
  • Kavanagh (1849)
  • The Golden Legend (poem) (1851)
  • The Song of Hiawatha (epic poem) (1855)
  • The New England Tragedies (1868)
  • The Divine Tragedy (1871)
  • Christus: A Mystery (1872)
  • Aftermath (poem) (1873)
  • The Arrow and the Song (poem)
  • Voices of the Night (1839)
  • Ballads and Other Poems (1841)
  • Poems on Slavery (1842)
  • The Belfry of Bruges and Other Poems(1845)
  • The Seaside and the Fireside (1850)
  • The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow(London, 1852), with illustrations by John Gilbert
  • The Courtship of Miles Standish and Other Poems (1858)
  • Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863) Also included Birds of Passage (1863)
  • Household Poems (1865)
  • Flower-de-Luce (1867)
  • Three Books of Song
  • The Masque of Pandora and Other Poems(1875)
  • Kéramos and Other Poems (1878)
  • Ultima Thule (1880)
  • In the Harbor (1882)
  • Michel Angelo: A Fragment (incomplete; published posthumously)
  • Coplas de Don Jorge Manrique (Translation from Spanish) (1833)
  • Dante’s Divine Comedy (Translation) (1867)
  • Poets and Poetry of Europe (Translations) (1844)
  • The Waif (1845)
  • Poems of Places (1874)

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