Fireside Poets Additional Summary


(Critical Explorations in Poetry)

Boswell, Jeanetta. The Schoolroom Poets: A Bibliography of Bryant, Holmes, Longfellow, Lowell, and Whittier, with Selective Annotation. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1983. A basic bibliography of a number of the Fireside poets.

Calhoun, Charles C. Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life. Boston: Beacon Press, 2004. Calls Longfellow an influential poet and educator who introduced Americans to much of European culture, popularized Native American folklore, and criticized the Puritan focus on material success.

Justus, James J. “Fireside Poets: Hearthside Values and the Language of Care.” In Nineteenth-Century American Poetry, edited by A. Robert Lee. London: Barnes & Noble, 1985. This essay looks at the group known as Fireside poets, noting their values and how they were reflected in the poetry.

Lowell, James Russell. The Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell. Eastbourne, East Sussex, England: Gardners Books, 2007. Reprint of a classic collection of Lowell’s poetry.

Muller, Gilbert H. William Cullen Bryant: Author of America. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2008. This biography details Bryant’s life and regards him to be an important American literary voice.

Parini, Jay, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. Contains a chapter on the Fireside poets, looking at their early importance and legacy.

Pickard, Samuel Thomas. Life and Letters of John Greenleaf Whittier. Vol. 1. Honolulu, Hawaii: University Press of the Pacific, 2005. This biography of Whittier, a Fireside poet, covers his life and works.

Sorby, Angela. Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1865-1917. Durham: University of New Hampshire Press, 2005. Examines a time when poetry was part of middle-class life and popular poems were recited and learned by children. Examines several poets and numerous poems.

_______. “Teaching the Schoolroom Poets.” In Teaching Nineteenth-Century American Poetry, edited by Paula Bennett, Karen L. Kilcup, and Philipp Schweighauser. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2007. Contains information on the Fireside poets and how to make them relevant to modern students.