The most popular poet of his day, Longfellow has, unfortunately, been discredited by posterity. This generous sampling of his work will give modern-day readers new insights into his long-neglected literary reach and versatility.
Longfellow's most familiar poems, the bold recreations of colonial life "Evangeline" and "The Courtship of Miles Standish," are here, as well as less familiar short lyrics and narrative poems. Differing in tone, style, and theme, the works provide a full and authentic picture of Longfellow's sense of himself, and his understanding of the true state of the times in which he lived. As Lawrence Buell writes in his Introduction, "No one can fully comprehend the literary culture of nineteenth-century America without coming to terms with Longfellow's work."