Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1913. Later printing. Decorated Cloth over Boards. Octavo, pp. 266, illustrated with b/w photographs. Originally purchased at the Wayside Inn, and signed by a previous owner on the front endpaper in 1927. Very Good. Item #22403
The Wayside Inn is the oldest continuously operating inn in the United States. Located in Sudbury, Massachusetts, the inn has served travelers of the Boston Post Road from the colonial era to today. This volume is a collection of poems by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The book, published in 1863, depicts a group of people at the Wayside Inn, as each tells a story in the form of a poem. The characters telling the stories at the inn are based on real people. The narrators are friends of the author who, though they were not named, were so plainly characterized as to be easily recognizable. The New York Times called the book "a pleasant fiction" and an "excellent account." Modern scholar Robert Gale praises the book for showing Longfellow's wide interests and knowledge of other cultures. He said the book "remains the best combination of narrative poems every written by an American." The beautiful binding would make this an ideal gift for someone who enjoys New England history.