The time has come to take another look at Longfellow, America's most popular poet. Christoph Irmscher overturns the modern prejudice against Longfellow as the mere purveyor of literary comfort food. Examining his unpublished papers alongside letters written by his fans at home and abroad, Irmscher offers a fresh view of the poet's connection with his audience. Irmscher demonstrates that Longfellow saw literature as a transnational conversation breaking down social and linguistic barriers. For Longfellow, the poet was less Emerson's \u0022liberating god\u0022 than a distributor of cultural goods democratically shared by authors and readers alike. Longfellow Redux is the first book-length study of Longfellow's poetry since 1966 and contains numerous illustrations, including previously unpublished pencil sketches by Longfellow himself.
- Paperback | 376 pages
- 152 x 228 x 28mm | 580.6g
- 08 Aug 2008
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
"A friendly and readable scholarly book about Longfellow, which seeks to introduce a cosmopolitan and democratically multicultural Longfellow for our time." Times Literary Supplement "One of the most important books on Longfellow ever written. With impeccable scholarship, Christoph Irmscher brings us along on a captivating journey across the broad range of Longfellow's truly complex body of work... Irmscher does what many readers in and out of academia might have thought improbable: he makes Longfellow exciting." Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and editor of Dante's Inferno: The Longfellow Translation "Irmscher's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious... Readers are likely to be both charmed and edified. As this book makes clear, Longfellow has much to teach us about how poetry can matter to people outside the academy." New England Quarterly "Succeeds splendidly in giving us appreciatory access to Longfellow's clear and coherent understanding of himself as a poet, and provides illuminating readings of numerous poems... Irmscher's highly readable, richly detailed, masterly restoration of Longfellow is more than welcome." Partial Answers
About Christoph Irmscher
Christoph Irmscher is a professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the author of The Poetics of Natural History: From John Bartram to William James and Public Poet, Private Man: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow at 200.