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Longfellow Studies: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow & Harriet Beecher Stowe

Jerrery M. Sullivan, Lewiston High School, Androscoggin County



  • Social Studies -- History

1 day

  • 1851-1920
  • The People/Peopling of Maine

As a graduate of Bowdoin College and a longtime resident of Brunswick, I have a distinct interest in Longfellow. Yet the history of Brunswick includes other famous writers as well, including Harriet Beecher Stowe. Although they did not reside in Brunswick contemporaneously, and Longfellow was already world-renowned before Stowe began her literary career, did these two notables have any interaction? More particularly, did Longfellow have any opinion of Stowe's work? If so, what was it?

  • Students will explore the relationship between Stowe and Longfellow to determine if Longfellow had any influence on Stowe's writing.

Students should have a basic knowledge of the Civil War and the events leading up to it.

Associated slideshow

A resource developed through the "Longfellow & the Forging of American Identity" program funded by NEH