Review by: Tony Lewis, Providence Sunday Journal - January 1, 2005
"[A] readable, informative biography. . . Longfellow became for his day an international icon of literature and civility."
Review by: Patrick Walsh, Christian Science Monitor - January 1, 2005
"[A] sympathetic and welcome biography. . . Calhoun has written a fine book."
Review by: Frank Wilson, Philadelphia Inquirer - January 1, 2005
"Calhoun's biography is commendable. . . His defense of Longfellow's poetry is all the more forceful for never being overstated."
Review by: Michael Kenney, Boston Sunday Globe - January 1, 2005
"Masterful . . . warm and vivid . . . and solid in placing [Longfellow] in the context of [his] times."