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 Examining his unpublished papers alongside letters written by his fans at home and abroad, Irmscher offers a fresh view of the poet's connection with his audience.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the first book-length study of Longfellow's poetry since 1966 and contains numerous illustrations, including previously unpublished pencil sketches by Longfellow himself.
|Publisher:||University of Illinois Press|
|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
A Note on Quotations xvii
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