When He Was Bad He Was Horrid

A new biography of Longfellow argues that he was done in by a modernist cabal.

By CHARLES McGRATH
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LITERARY REPUTATIONS ARE seldom secure, and with the passing of time tend to sink rather than rise. Even so, the case of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow seems extreme. At his death, in 1882, he wasn’t just the most famous poet in America but an...

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