Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Edward Hirsch

Copyright 1964
Checked out 5 times in 38 years
Last checked out 29 years ago

This is a slim book of biography and criticism rather than poetry. While this book does no harm on the shelf, there’s really no reason to keep it. Longfellow has long been considered empty of critical interest, which a glance at this book simply confirms. It doesn’t keep people from enjoying his poetry. I grew up with it myself and still have the volume of his poems my parents gave me. A book of his poetry is good to have on the shelves because his poetry continues to appeal to people. And a full biography of him would be nice for a library to have since he’s a notable figure in American literature. But a book of criticism isn’t necessary.


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