Saturday, Feb 23, 2019 10:00a -
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Festivals & Fairs, Lectures & Conferences
Join us at Mount Auburn Cemetery's Story Chapel (580 Mount Auburn St.) for our annual Henry Longfellow Birthday Celebration! This year's speaker will be Dr. Christopher Phillips, Associate Professor and Assistant Head of the English Department at Lafayette College. He will introduce us to Henry's brother Sam Longfellow, whose birthday was 200 years ago this year, and share stories of their relationship. The lecture will be followed by birthday cake and, weather permitting, a visit to the Longfellow family tomb.
Dr. Phillips will present:
"A Poetic Brotherhood: Henry and Sam Longfellow"
One of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s silent partners in his life and work was his younger brother, Samuel. A devoted uncle, Sam helped raise the children after the death of Henry’s wife Fanny; he served as his brother’s secretary, curator, and first biographer. Yet Sam’s own accomplishments have been overshadowed by his supporting role at Craigie House. A Harvard-trained minister, Sam was one of the foremost hymn editors and authors of his time, producing highly imaginative (and singable) religious verse and introducing new liturgical aesthetics in and beyond the Unitarian churches he served. This talk explores the bond between these brothers and the other, forgotten treasure of poetry penned by a Longfellow in Cambridge.