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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy and was one of the Fireside Poets from New England.

Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, which was then still part of Massachusetts. He studied at Bowdoin College and became a professor at Bowdoin and later at Harvard College after spending time in Europe. His first major poetry collections were Voices of the Night (1839) and Ballads and Other Poems (1841). He retired from teaching in 1854 to focus on his writing, and he lived the remainder of his life in the Revolutionary War headquarters of George Washington in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His first wife Mary Potter died in 1835 after a miscarriage. His second wife Frances Appleton died in 1861 after sustaining burns when her dress caught fire. After her death, Longfellow had difficulty writing poetry for a time and focused on translating works from foreign languages. He died in 1882.

Longfellow wrote many lyric poems known for their musicality and often presenting stories of mythology and legend. He became the most popular American poet of his day and also had success overseas. He has been criticized by some, however, for imitating European styles and writing specifically for the masses.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 27th, 1807 (Portland), Died March 24th, 1882 (Cambridge)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1894 - 1945

Roles Represented in DAHR: author, lyricist

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 92 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 520 7-in. 11/29/1895-12/14/1898 The arrow and the song J. W. Myers Male vocal solo author  
Berliner 600 7-in. 8/23/1894 The village blacksmith David C. Bangs Recitation author  
Berliner 895 7-in. June 1897-Apr. 1898 The bridge Diamond Four Male vocal quartet author  
Berliner 022 7-in. 3/25/1899 The bridge Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]643 7-in. 2/1/1901 The village blacksmith William F. Hooley Male vocal solo author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]688 7-in. 2/20/1901 The bridge J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]688 10-in. 2/3/1902 The bridge J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]916 7-in. 7/17/1901 The bridge American Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1236 7-in. 2/6/1902 The village blacksmith J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1236 10-in. 2/6/1902 The village blacksmith J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1282 7-in. 2/24/1902 Stars of a summer night Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1282 10-in. 2/24/1902 Stars of a summer night Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]1666 7-in. 10/8/1902 The arrow and the song Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]1666 10-in. 10/8/1902 The arrow and the song Herbert Goddard Baritone vocal solo author  
Victor [Pre-matrix A-]2196 7-in. 1903 The bridge Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3063 10-in. 2/1/1901 The village blacksmith William F. Hooley Male vocal solo author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3120 10-in. 2/20/1901 The bridge J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3137 10-in. 2/21/1901 The arrow and the song J. W. Myers Male vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3339 10-in. 5/10/1901 The bridge Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor A-14 7-in. 5/6/1903 The bridge Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor A-194 7-in. 7/22/1904 The bridge Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor B-194 10-in. 7/22/1904 The bridge Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet author  
Victor C-784 12-in. 12/4/1903 Enoch Arden's return Edward Brigham Recitation author  
Victor B-1299 10-in. 5/11/1904 The bridge Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied author  
Victor A-1299 7-in. 7/6/1904 The bridge Haydn Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied author  
(Results 1-25 of 92 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth," accessed March 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102364.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102364.

"Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 March 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102364

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