Film: 3672

Personalities | 1940 | Sound | B/W


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The life of the Victorian writer and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow born 1807 at Portland, Maine recreated 1940's

As a boy he started to write poems and one of his first poems was published in the newspaper. His father, a lawyer, was disappointed and wanted him to take an interest in law.
He was educated at Bowdoin College and after travelling France, Spain and Germany he became a Professor at the same College whilst continuing to write poetry. He then became a Professor at Harvard. He married but his first wife took ill and died young. He married again and had children. The volumes of his poetry increased and he wrote his most famous poem 'The Song of Hiawatha' selling 10,000 copies in London.
As he grows older he has many visitors from all walks of life and tells stories. Children from a school bring a chair as a present and he recites one of his poems to them.

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