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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1127

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow letters to various correspondents


Miscellaneous letters from the American poet to various correspondents.


  • 1830-1883

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.5 linear feet (1 box)
Written from Cambridge, Mass., or Brunswick, Me., to Thomas Bailey Aldrich, James Thomas Fields, and William Greene, among others, the letters tell of Longfellow's personal and social activities. The letters answer questions about publishers and give advice about publishing poetry. Also discussed are Longfellow's health, personal finance issues, rare books, and bookbinders. Longfellow comments in many letters about his translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. Also included are a canceled check, a receipt, a lock of hair, a signed photograph of Longfellow, and a letter purporting to be the last letter Longfellow ever wrote.

Biographical / Historical

Longfellow was an American poet.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from various sources at various times.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow letters to various correspondents: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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