Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Publisher: Van Cleve-Andrews Company, New York
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Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie, is an epic poem by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, written in English and published in 1847. The poem follows an Acadian girl named Evangeline and her search for her lost love Gabriel, set during the time of the Expulsion of the Acadians.
The idea for the poem came from Longfellow’s friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Longfellow used dactylic hexameter, imitating Greek and Latin classics, though the choice was criticized. It became Longfellow’s most famous work in his lifetime and remains one of his most popular and enduring works.
Evangeline describes the betrothal of a fictional Acadian girl named Evangeline Bellefontaine to her beloved, Gabriel Lajeunesse, and their separation as the British deport the Acadians from Acadie in the Great Upheaval. The poem then follows Evangeline across the landscapes of America as she spends years in a search for him, at some times being near to Gabriel without realizing he was near.
Finally she settles in Philadelphia and, as an old woman, works as a Sister of Mercy among the poor. While tending the dying during an epidemic she finds Gabriel among the sick, and he sadly dies in her arms .
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Condition: This book is in good condition. Hardcover. Handsome cloth boards with ivory spine and silver gilt. Cover has minimal scuffing or damage. Pretty floral endpapers. Frontispiece portrait of the author faces title page.
is illustrated with fleurons and decorative elements as well as black and white illustrations. Text block is clean and crisp, no markings. Hinges strong.
5″ x 7-3/4″, 98 pages