|Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882|
|other cities||Portland, ME; Brunswick, ME;|
Collector Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was a commanding figure in the cultural life of nineteenth-century America. Born in Portland, Maine, in 1807, he became a national literary figure by the 1850s, and a world- famous personality by the time of his death in 1882.
He was a traveler, a linguist, and a romantic who identified with the great traditions of European literature and thought. At the same time, he was rooted in American life and history, which charged his imagination with untried themes and made him ambitious for success.
He married Frances ("Fanny") Appleton in 1843, her father bought Craigie House in Cambridge for them as a wedding present, Longfellow having previously rented rooms in the house.
His first wife, former Miss Mary Storer Potter of Portland, died of a complicated miscarriage (ca. 1835).
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