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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and American "Middlebrow" Culture
Christoph Irmscher, UMBC

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Longfellow Redux (Book)
Title: Longfellow Redux
Author: Christoph Irmscher
Abstract: 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 Examining his unpublished papers alongside letters written by his fans at home and abroad, Irmscher offers a fresh view of the poet's connection with his audience. Reviewing Longfellow's idea of authorship, his travels, and his translations, 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the first book-length study of Longfellow's poetry since 1966 and contains numerous illustrations, including previously unpublished pencil sketches by Longfellow himself.
Year: 2006
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Primary URL Description: Link to the Illinois UP Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780252075865
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes