The life story of Longfellow is full of drama, romance, and tragedy.
American Genius: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Longfellow’s magnificent poems have resonated for decades with readers young and old from all walks of life across the nation. Hughes and Carlson present the story of his fascinating and inspiring life and legacy with great skill. Their insights will be of interest to all who enjoy the poetry of this extraordinary giant in our history and want to learn more about him.”
– Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts
“A lively and profound account of Longfellow’s life for young adults.”
– Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia
“This timely volume will introduce to today’s young adult readers an American Poet who was unforgettable to former generations.”
– Janet E. Scinto, Houghton Library, Harvard University
“I found it engaging, well researched, and well thought out.”
– Catherine Cote, librarian, Lexington, Massachusetts
November 2007 Book Review
American Genius is a biography intended for young adult readers. Hughes and Carlson offer a well-rounded, in depth study of one of America’s greatest poets. Although intended for younger readers, Genius is also a great refresher for adults. The book is of particular importance this year, as 2007 marks the Bicentennial of Longfellow’s birth. This Thanksgiving, why not pick up a copy of American Genius and learn about the man who wrote the Song of Hiawatha?