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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


American Fireside Poet known for such lyrical works because the Melody of Hiawatha and Evangeline. Also an educator, he trained at both Bowdoin University and Harvard University. He released his initial poem, “The Fight of Lovell’s Fish-pond,” at age group thirteen. He translated Dante’s well-known Divine Comedy in the Italian. He was double wedded — to Mary Potter and Frances Appleton — and was widowed by both of his wives. He previously four daughters, Edith, Anne, Fanny and Alice, and two sons, Ernest and Charles. He was well-known for his 1860 traditional poem, “Paul Revere’s Trip.”

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Full Name Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Date Of Birth February 27, 1807
Died March 24, 1882, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Place Of Birth Portland, ME
Profession Poet
Education Bowdoin College
Nationality American
Spouse Fanny Appleton Longfellow, Mary Storer Potter
Children Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow, Alice Mary Longfellow, Fanny Longfellow, Edith Longfellow, Charles Appleton Longfellow, Anne Allegra Longfellow
Parents Stephen Longfellow, Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow
Siblings Samuel Longfellow, Anne Longfellow, Elizabeth Longfellow, Stephen Longfellow, Ellen Longfellow, Alexander Longfellow, Mary Longfellow
Movies The Song of Hiawatha, Hiawatha, Evangeline, The Wreck of the Hesperus, The Courtship of Myles Standish, The Courtship of Miles Standish
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1Elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1900. (inaugural election).
2Pictured on the 39¢ US postage stamp in the Literary Arts series, issued 15 March 2007.
3Pictured on the 1¢ US postage stamp in the Famous American/Poets series, issued 16 February 1940.



War is Kind: Poetry of the Civil War1999Video poetry written by
Song of Hiawatha1997poem "The Song of Hiawatha"
Dýmka míru1988Short poem "The Song of Hiawatha"
Hiawatha1988TV Movie poem
Hiawatha1984TV Movie book
The Legend of Hiawatha1983TV Movie poem
Shirley Temple's Storybook1958TV Series poem - 1 episode
Matinee Theatre1955TV Series story - 1 episode
The Courtship of Miles Standish1953TV Movie poem
Hiawatha1952poem "The Song of Hiawatha"
The Wreck of the Hesperus1948based on a poem by
The Wreck of the Hesperus1944Short poem
Here We Go Again1942poem "Hiawatha" - uncredited
The Village Smithy1936Short poem "The Village Smithy" - uncredited
The White Angel1936poem Santa Filomena [The Lady With the Lamp]
Evangeline1929poem "Evangeline"
The Wreck of the Hesperus1927poem
The Wreck of the Hesperus1926Short poem
A Woman's Secret1924poem "The Spanish Student"
The Courtship of Myles Standish1923poem
The Village Blacksmith1922/Ipoem "The Village Blacksmith"
The Village Blacksmith1922/IIShort poem, 'The Village Blacksmith'
The Village Blacksmith1917poem
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere1914Short poem
The Children's Hour1913Short poem
The Village Blacksmith1913/IShort poem
King Robert of Sicily1913Short poem
His Mother's Birthday1913Short poem
Hiawatha1913/IIShort poem
Hiawatha1913/IShort poem "The Song of Hiawatha"
The Flaming Forge1913Short poem
Evangeline1911Short poem
The Death of Minnehaha1910Short poem
The Courtship of Miles Standish1910Short poem
Hiawatha1909Short poem
The Village Blacksmith1908Short poem
Evangeline1908Short poem
The Village Blacksmith1905Short poem
Hiawatha1903Short poem "The Song of Hiawatha"
The Village Blacksmith1897Short poem



American Horror Story2012TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Prabhat Nagari - Film 12012Documentary short writer: "A Psalm of Life"
Fireplace for your Home: Christmas Music2010writer: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" - uncredited
A Muppet Family Christmas1987TV Movie writer: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"
Merry Christmas from the Grand Ole Opry1979TV Movie lyrics: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"
The Little Drummer Boy Book II1976TV Short lyrics: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"
Time Flies1944lyrics: "Excelsior" - uncredited
A Star Fell from Heaven1936lyrics: "Excelsior"
Satires1929Short lyrics: "Exelsior" - uncredited

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1All your strength is in union. All your danger is in discord.
2[on excellence] In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.
3I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors. There is so much aspiration in them, so much audacious hope and trembling fear, so much of the heart's history, that all errors and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of in the amiable self assertion of youth.
4If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
5O star of morning and of liberty!

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