Dear Mr. Longfellow : letters to and from the children's poet

by Pearl, Sydelle.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS2281.A4 2012
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
 
Call Number  PS2281.A4 2012
 
 
Summary
If you were attending school in the late-nineteenth century, it's very likely that your teacher would have taught you to memorize lines from "The Village Blacksmith" by renowned poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. And on the classroom wall you'd probably see his portrait looking down benignly on you and your classmates. Longfellow was so famous and beloved by youth in this era that he was known as "the children's poet." Students not only memorized his poetry but sent him hundreds of letters.

In this charming biography, storyteller and author Sydelle Pearlnbsp;recounts the life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by drawing upon the letters he received from his young admirers. In their letters, children from yesteryear reveal details about their lives that reach across the years to young people today. The letters also highlight the unique, close relationship that children shared with Longfellow. A girl from West Virginia writes, "Thank you so much for writing for children.... It makes us feel that we are not forgotten." Others ask him about what he did as a boy or a young man. In one extraordinary gesture of friendship, the schoolchildren of Cambridge celebrated his birthday by presenting him with a chair created from the wood of the "spreading chestnut tree" made famous in his poem "The Village Blacksmith." Longfellow dedicated his poem "From My Arm-Chair" to these thoughtful children.

Complete with selected poems and photographs of the poet and his family, Dear Mr. Longfellow brings to life a famous figure of American literature and a distant, simpler age in the history of our country.
Additional Information
Subjects Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, -- 1807-1882 -- Correspondence.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, -- 1807-1882 -- Influence.
Poets, American -- 19th century -- Correspondence.
Children's writings, American.
Publisher Amherst, N.Y. :Prometheus Books,2012
Other Titles Dear Mister Longfellow
Language English
Description 233 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-206) and index.
ISBN 9781616146382 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
1616146389 (pbk. : acid-free paper)
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