The life story of Longfellow is full of drama, romance, and tragedy.
Marian “Hannah” Carlson has won the New England Book Award for K-12 and the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for “John Adams: The Voice Heard ‘Round the World”. The book was followed by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s original score and narrated by Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough on CD. Her other books include “American Genius: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow”, “Great American Writers”, “Yankee Doodle’s Pen” and her new book “The Adventures of Plimoth Plantation, As Told by the Mayflower Mouse”.
Writer and educator, Mrs. Carlson has had a busy and varied career. As a former syndicated newspaper columnist, she wrote more than 100 articles for parents about education in the home. As a public school teacher in Lexington and Newton, Massachusetts, her programs for middle school students received special recognition from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, PBS, and others to write educational programs.
She lives with her husband on Cape Cod near the “Turn Around” of the Mayflower and enjoys this historic region with her three children and six grandchildren. During the research for “The Adventures of Plimoth Plantation, As Told by the Mayflower Mouse”, they learned that their youngest son married a direct descendent of the Mayflower. Their twelve-year-old granddaughter, Emma, an avid art student, illustrated the vignettes for this book.