Longfellow Birthday Celebration
A Poetic Brotherhood: Henry and Sam Longfellow
One of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s silent partners in his life and work was his younger brother, Samuel. A devoted uncle, Sam helped raise the children after the death of Henry’s wife Fanny; he served as his brother’s secretary, curator, and first biographer. Yet Sam’s own accomplishments have been overshadowed by his supporting role at Craigie House. A Harvard-trained minister, Sam was one of the foremost hymn editors and authors of his time, producing highly imaginative (and singable) religious verse and introducing new liturgical aesthetics in and beyond the Unitarian churches he served. This talk explores the bond between these brothers and the other, forgotten treasure of poetry penned by a Longfellow in Cambridge.
Join us for this annual program in Story Chapel, co-sponsored by the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. Following a talk about Longfellow’s lasting legacy, we’ll enjoy birthday cake and then walk to the Longfellow Lot on Indian Ridge Path for a wreath-laying ceremony. This year’s speaker will be Dr. Christopher Phillips, Associate Professor and Assistant Head of the English Department at Lafayette College
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Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.