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1904. Excerpt: ... HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH.
Henky "wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, February
27, 1807. He was a classmate of Hawthorne at Bowdoin College,
graduating there in the class of 1825. He began the study of law in
the office of his father, Hon. Stephen Longfellow; but receiving
shortly the appointment of professor of modern languages at
Bowdoin, he devoted himself after that to literature, and to
teaching in connection with literature. Before beginning his work
at Bowdoin he increased his qualifications by travel and study in
Europe, where he stayed three years. Upon hia return he gave his
lectures on modern languages and literature at the college, and
wrote occasionally for the North American Review and other
periodicals. The first volume which he published was an Essay on
the Moral and Devotional Poetry of Spain, accompanied by
translations from Spanish verse. This was issued in 1833, but has
not been kept in print as a separate work. It appears as a chapter
in Outre-Mer, a reflection of his European life and travel, the
first of his prose writings. In 1835 he was invited to succeed Mr.
George Ticknor as professor of modern languages and literature at
Harvard College, and again went to Europe for preparatory study,
giving especial attention to Switzerland and the Scandinavian
countries. He held his professorship until 1854, but continued to
live in Cambridge until his death, March 24, 1882, occupying a
house known from a former occupant as the Craigie house, and also
as Washington's headquarters, that general having so used it while
organizing the army that held Boston in siege at the beginning of
the Revolution. Everett, Sparks, and Worcester, the lexicographer,
at one time or another lived in this house, and here Longfel...
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