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Longfellow in Love: Romance and Tragedy in the Life of the Poet
FBS member Edward M. Cifelli will be the speaker for the April meeting of the Florida Bibliophile Society. On Sunday, April 14, 2019, beginning around 1:45 pm, he will give a presentation about his latest book, Longfellow in Love: Passion and Tragedy in the Life of the Poet.
Ed is a retired professor of English from New Jersey. Ed joined the Florida Bibliophile Society during the summer break. And on his membership form, he identified himself as an author, an editor, a collector, a teacher, a student and a scholar. A search at the OCLC WorldCat website reveals a number of notches in his writing belt: books he wrote about the American patriot David Humphreys and the American poet John Ciardi; Afterwords he wrote for editions of the Divine Comedy that Ciardi translated; an Introduction of an edition of Milton's Paradise Lost and Other Poems; editions he edited of the Index of American Periodic Verse; a Preface he wrote for an edition of Longfellow's Evangeline and Selected Tales and Poems; a book of his own random essays and fugitive thoughts; and finally, what may well be his masterpiece, Longfellow in Love: Passion and Tragedy in the Life of the Poet.
Ed follows Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as he pursues a series of romances. It begins in 1828, Longfellow’s year in Europe with Giulia Persiani. The following year, back in the U.S., he falls in love with Mary Storer Potter. They married in 1831 and traveled widely, but their happiness was cut short when she died in 1835. During his year of mourning, he met Fanny Appleton. She was an 18-year-old heiress, not interested in settling down with Longfellow, then 29 and a Harvard professor. But he was steadfast, and six years later she changed her mind and married him. For 18 years they were “America’s couple,”and then tragedy struck. Ed will sign copies of his book after his presentation. The presentation is free and the meeting is open to the public.
A Visual Journey of the Pistner Collection of Miniature Books
At the Grolier Club, March 5 - May 18, 2019
Photographs by Corrado Serra
The Bixby Club of St. Louis is hosting this year's FABS Study Tour. The Tour is limited to 50 people so don't wait too long to register for the Tour.
Next year's FABS Study Tour will be to the Tampa Bay area, April 22-26, 2020. And the Florida Bibliophile Society is hosting it! This Study Tour is scheduled to coincide with the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, April 24-26, 2020. I'll post more news about the Florida Tour here on this blog in the next few months.
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The Lost Submarines of Pearl Harbor by James P. Delgado, College Station: Texas A& M University Press, 2016.
From Father to Son: The Letters of Eddie Rickenbacker to his son William, From Boyhood to Manhood edited by William F. Rickenbacker, New York: Walker, 1970.
Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War by John McCain and Mark Salter, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014.
The Fabulous Mrs Miller: a True Story of Adventure, Danger, Romance and Derring-Do by Carol Baxter, Minneapolis: Scribe, 2010 (advance reading copy).
Eagle Day: the Battle of Britain by Richard Collier, s. l. Dutton, 1980.
The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away From the War in Iraq by Joshua Key, New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2007 (uncorrected proof).
Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment and the Rule of Law by Preet Bharara, New York: Knopf, 2019.
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama, New York: Crown, 2006.
The United States Constitution: Roots, Rights, Responsibilities by A. E. Dick Howard, Washington: Smithsonian, 1992.
Florida in the Making by Frank Parker Stockbridge, New York: De Bower, 1926.
The Reflections of Kaua'i: The Garden Island by Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi, Aiea: Island Heritage, 2001 (second printing).
The Museum of Words: A Memoir of Language, Writing and Mortality by Georgia Blain, Brunswick, Victoria: Scribe, 2017.
The History of Making Books From Clay Tablets, Papyrus Rolls, Illuminated Manuscripts to the Printing Press, New York: Scholastic, 1996.
Please Bury Me in the Library by J. Patrick Lewis, Orlando: Gulliver Books/Harcourt, 2005.
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein, New York: Random House, 2013.
Poems of Felicia Hemans, a New Edition... by Felicia Hemans, Edinburgh: W. Blackwood & Sons, 1862 (bound in full leather).
I Touch the Earth, the Earth Touches Me by Hugh Prather, Garden City: Doubleday, 1972.
Index of American Period Verse 1980 edited by Sander W. Zulauf, Metuchen: Scarecrow Press, 1982 (From the library of William Stafford).
The Fishing-Print Poems by R. B. Weber, Port Jefferson: Street Press, 1984 (From the library of William Stafford).
Rhymes of Our College and Others by B. A. Thaxter, Portland: the Press of Palantine Hill, 1958 (From the library of William Stafford).
Forum: Ten Poets of the Western Reserve edited by Peter Hargitai and Lotette Kuby, Mentor: Poetry Forum Program, 1978 (From the library of William Stafford).
A Glass Face in the Rain: New Poems by William Stafford, New York: Harer and Row, 1982 (signed by Stafford on the title page.).
An Oregon Message by William Stafford, New York: Harper Collins, 1987 (formerly owned by Jean E. Thomson).
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler, New York: Putnam, 2004.
The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer, New York: Grand Central Pub, 2008.
The Missing Chapter (Nero Wolfe) by Robert Goldsborough, New York: Bantam Books, 1994.
John Mistletoe by Christopher Morley, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1931 (From the Library of Tom Bossort with his bookplate).