From Portland to Cambridge

HWL. "Wine in Cellar," a page from an agenda book kept by Longfellow, 1870.


Longfellow Papers MS Am 1340 (216)  page 19. Houghton Library.

Longfellow's inventory of Italian wines reflects his abiding love for Italy. His passion for fine wine appalled Emerson, who believed that poets should be "tipsy with water" only: "Longfellow, we cannot go & talk with; there is a palace, & servants, & a row of bottles of different colored wines, & wine glasses, & fine coats" (Emerson, "The Poet" [1844] and journal, August 1853).