Excerpt from H. W. Longfellow and W. C. Bryant: With an Introduction to Longfellow by Edwin Markham, and a Frontispiece in Color by Phillip R. Goodwin
He was born to a beautiful home, to a family of culture and social importance. His father, an eminent lawyer, was a Harvard graduate and a classmate of Dr. Channing and Judge Story.
At fifteen young Longfellow entered the little rustic col lege of Bowdoin, where Hawthorne was also a student. Ai ter graduation, Bowdoin offered him a professorship in literature, with the privilege of European travel and study to prepare him for the work. He spent three years abroad, mastering the languages and literatures of France, Spain, Italy and Germany. In 1834 he was offered the chair of modern languages in Harvard, but he asked leave to pre pare himself still further in Europe by study of the Scandi navian languages. He returned to America in 1836 and set tled at Cambridge, where he remained till his death, nearly fifty years afterward.
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