Longfellow Redux

Longfellow Redux

by Christoph Irmscher


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The time has come to take another look at Longfellow, America's most popular poet. Christoph Irmscher overturns the modern prejudice against Longfellow as the mere purveyor of literary comfort food. Examining his unpublished papers alongside letters written by his fans at home and abroad, Irmscher offers a fresh view of the poet's connection with his audience. Irmscher demonstrates that Longfellow saw literature as a transnational conversation breaking down social and linguistic barriers. For Longfellow, the poet was less Emerson's "liberating god" than a distributor of cultural goods democratically shared by authors and readers alike. Longfellow Redux is the first book-length study of Longfellow's poetry since 1966 and contains numerous illustrations, including previously unpublished pencil sketches by Longfellow himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252075865
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Christoph Irmscher is a professor of English at the University of  Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of The Poetics of Natural History: From John Bartram to William James and other books. 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
A Note on Quotations     xvii
Introduction     1
Strangers as Friends: Longfellow and His Readers     7
How Marbles Are Made: Fatherhood and Authorship     72
Mad for Travel: Enrico Abroad     145
"It Whirls Me Away": Longfellow and Translation     218
Epilogue     275
Notes     279
Bibliography     317
Index     333

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