COURTSHIP OF MILES STANDISH, And Other Poems: Longfellow Henry Wadsworth


Longfellow Henry Wadsworth

Published by Boston Ticknor and Fields 1858, 1858
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First edition, first printing with October ads and unbattered type in all places. 8vo, publisher s original brown Ticknor cloth binding, lettered in gilt on spine, blindstamped decorations and borders on covers. iv, [7]-215, 12 ads. A bright, clean and very nice copy, with light aging to the binding, the tips in very nice condition, internally clean and fresh, the hinges strong and sound with one short closed tear refurbished. A NICE COPY OF THIS IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION. An American classic by this truly masterful craftsman of narrative poetry. A difficult book to locate in nice condition. Set against the backdrop of a fierce Indian war, the tale focuses on a love triangle between three of the Mayflower Pilgrims: Miles Standish, Priscilla Mullens, and John Alden. Longfellow claimed the story was true, but the historical evidence is inconclusive. Nevertheless, the ballad was very popular in nineteenth-century America, immortalizing the Pilgrims in American culture. Debate has persisted for over 150 years as to whether the tale is fact or fiction. The main characters, Miles Standish, John Alden, and Priscilla Mullins, have names of historic Pilgrims. Henry Longfellow was a direct descendant of Mayflower pilgrims and claimed that he was relating oral family history. Skeptics dismiss his saga as a folktale, but no conclusive evidence exists either way. However, scholars have confirmed the cherished place of romantic love in Pilgrim culture, and have documented the Indian war described by Longfellow. Circumstantial evidence of the love triangle also exists. Miles Standish and John Alden were likely roommates; Priscilla Mullins was the only single woman of marriageable age. Bookseller Inventory # 23209

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Publisher: Boston Ticknor and Fields 1858

Publication Date: 1858

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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