Selected Works

"Masterful."
Booklist, Starred review
"An eye-opening collection."
Charles Calhoun
"A marvelous work."
Library Journal
"Rich enough to repay multiple readings.”
ISLE
"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.

Public Poet, Private Man:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200

"Lovers of literature...will enjoy Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200 by Christoph Irmscher. . . . This book combines both excellent scholarship and a valuable look at the whole man in terms of his family, his friends, and his life in the spotlight."
Alan Caruba, Bookviews


Profusely illustrated with manuscripts, drawings, and photographs from the extensive collections of Houghton Library and the Longfellow National Historic Site, this book demonstrates how intensely involved Longfellow was in family, fatherhood, and friendship. It also shows how these supposedly “private” aspects of his life constantly intersected with the more public aspects of his understanding of authorship, his collaborative projects, and his commitment to his readers. The result is a vivid introduction to Longfellow’s world.