Longfellow Souvenir Palette, 1882Item 19232 info
Maine Historical Society
Longfellow's readers accorded him a degree of veneration that few people have ever known.
He wrote in a turbulent era when hard work, risk-taking, small economic gain, and displacement from the familiar were common experiences for Americans.
Longfellow's authoritative calm and his celebration of the American experience were a relief to his public.