The following letter is excerpted from Dear Mr. Longfellow: Letters To and From the Children's Poet . Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) was an American poet who was predominantly known for writing lyric poems. He was also a great translator. He was the first American to translate Dante's The Divine Comedy into English. Towards the end of his career, he became better known as 'the children's poet,' as many of his readers were children. This letter was written to Longfellow by a child fan to honor the poet's birthday and thank him for 'writing for the children':
Publication of letter is by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University. Shelf mark bMS Am1340.7, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow—Birthday Greetings. From Dear Mr. Longfellow: Letters To and From the Children's Poet (Prometheus Books, 2012). Reprinted by permission of the publisher.