Great Writers: Longfellow


"The Song of Hiawatha" is an epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, published in 1855.  It follows a number of American Indian characters—notably the warrior Hiawatha and his lover Minnehaha—along the southern shore of Lake Superior.  It was an immediate success, selling over 50,000 copies in its first two years, and it created an indelible impression of Indian life and people in the popular imagination.  Critics condemn the poem as the romantic creation of a non-native writer.  Longfellow's source materials and understanding of real Native American culture have been called into question. Nevertheless, it is a monumental work of American Romantic literature and it played an important role in Nineteenth Century popular culture.

The bookends, above, present quotes from the work.  Cast in heavy iron, they will add practical and aesthetic quality to your bookshelf, mantelpiece or desktop.  Click on the photo above to learn more about them.

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