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Longfellow Birthday Celebration: “Inspirations from Dante’s Florence”

Start:
February 27 @ 10:00 am
End:
February 27 @ 11:00 am
Cost:
Free
Venue:
Unnamed Venue
Address:
580 Mt Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Join us for this annual program co-sponsored by the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site.

Bring your coffee cake and join us for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 214th birthday!

As we celebrate the birth of America’s most famous poet, we also remember the legacy of Italy’s for the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death. Christian Dupont, Secretary-Librarian of the Dante Society of America, will discuss Longfellow’s travels in Florence. Although disillusioned by his first visit to Florence in his early twenties, the city of Dante’s birth nevertheless held a lifelong fascination for Longfellow, who became the first American to translate the entire Divine Comedy. Florentine scenes, such as the Ponte Vecchio, inspired some of his own poetry and his identification with Michelangelo, Florence’s famous sculptor.

Christian Dupont is the Burns Librarian and Associate University Librarian for Special Collections at Boston College. Dupont has written several essays on the collecting and reading of Dante in America, which have appeared in Harvard Library Bulletin and other journals and books. Since 2014, he has served as Secretary-Librarian for the Dante Society of America. Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters NHS is pleased to welcome Dupont back for this year’s birthday celebration.

In addition to Zoom, we will be live streaming the event on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/mountauburncemetery.

Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Bring your coffee cake and join us virtually for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 214th birthday!

As we celebrate the birth of America’s most famous poet, we also remember the legacy of Italy’s for the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death. Christian Dupont, Secretary-Librarian of the Dante Society of America, will discuss Longfellow’s travels in Florence. Although disillusioned by his first visit to Florence in his early twenties, the city of Dante’s birth nevertheless held a lifelong fascination for Longfellow, who became the first American to translate the entire Divine Comedy. Florentine scenes, such as the Ponte Vecchio, inspired some of his own poetry and his identification with Michelangelo, Florence’s famous sculptor.

Christian Dupont is the Burns Librarian and Associate University Librarian for Special Collections at Boston College. Dupont has written several essays on the collecting and reading of Dante in America, which have appeared in Harvard Library Bulletin and other journals and books. Since 2014, he has served as Secretary-Librarian for the Dante Society of America. Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters NHS is pleased to welcome Dupont back for this year’s birthday celebration.

In addition to Zoom, we will be live streaming the event on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/mountauburncemetery.

Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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