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Nicholas Basbanes on Longfellow

August 25, 2020 7:00 PM — 8:00 PM


To participate in the question and answer session and chat with other viewers, please visit the Museum’s YouTube page.

Nicholas Basbanes will discuss his new biography of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Cross of Snow, which the Wall Street Journal describes as a “superbly sympathetic” volume of “19th century America’s most popular and approachable poet.”  An early handwritten manuscript of Longfellow’s poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere is currently on display at the Museum!

Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of ten critically acclaimed works of cultural history.  In 2016, he was awarded a Public Scholar research fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities, his second NEH grant, for work on Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Knopf, 2020), which is receiving acclaimed reviews from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Washington Post.

Mr. Basbanes’ new book Cross of Snow: A Life of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is available for in-store and curbside pickup as well as shipping via Media Mail thanks to our partners at the Concord Bookshop.  Order your copy here.


Please note that this forum is virtual.  Participants will be emailed a link to watch the program live on Tuesday, August 25.

This is a free event.  Donations are encouraged to support the Concord Museum’s Education initiatives.

This program is supported in part by the Sally Lanagan Fund.


August 25, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm