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Was born in Portland Maine February 27th 1807 in an old square wooden house upon the edge of the sea He entered Bowdoin College where in due time he was graduated in the class with Hawthorne in 1825 He wrote verses at this time for the United States Literary Gazette printed at BostonFor a short time after leaving college he studied law in the office of his father the Hon Stephen Longfellow but soon fell into the mode of life he has since pursued as a scholar by the appointment to a Professorship of Modern Languages in his college to accomplish himself for which he travelled abroad in 1826 making the usual tour of the continent including Spain He was absent three years on his return he lectured at Bowdoin College as Professor of Modern Languages and Literature and wrote articles for the North American Review papers on Sir Philip Sidney and other topics of polite literature One of these an Essay on the Moral and Devotional Poetry of Spain included his noble translation of the Stanzas of the soldier poet Manrique on the death of his father He also at this time penned the sketches of travel in Outre Mer commencing the publication after the manner of Irving in his Sketch Book but before the work was completed in this form it was intrusted to the Harpers who issued it entire in two volumes The elegance of the manner the nice phrases and fanciful illustrations--a certain decorated poetical style with the many suggestions of fastidious scholarship marked this in the eye of the public as a book of dainty promise In 1835 Mr Ticknor having resigned his Professorship of Modern Languages and Literature in Harvard Mr Longfellow was chosen his successor He now made a second tour to Europe preliminary to entering upon his new duties visiting the northern kingdoms of Denmark Sweden Holland and afterwards Switzerland Shortly after assuming his engagement at Harvard
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