Booklist, Starred review
"An eye-opening collection."
"A marvelous work."
"Rich enough to repay multiple readings.”
"Longfellow lives again."
Times Literary Supplement
Winner of the Literature and Language Award, AAP
Winner of the 2009 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Award, American Library Association
A Darwin Bicentennial Exhibit, with many illustrations from the Darwin holdings of the Lilly Library.
Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and editor of Dante's Inferno: The Longfellow Translation
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the most popular poet American has ever produced, turned 200 in 2007. Irmscher's book, the first in several decades to over Longfellow's entire body of work, along with his life, offers a fresh view of the poet's connection with his audience and stresses his commitment to a cosmopolitan understanding of literature. Accompanied by numerous illustrations, including previously unpublished pencil sketches by Longfellow himself.