In recounting the life of the American poet who, probably more than any other-- suffered from extreme popularity, the author begins slowly; the early events are recited with little emphasis. By the time Longfellow's years abroad are reached, the ace picks up; the author seems to have gained interest in the subject. This simple study of the poet's long life makes relaxing, if not exciting, reading. The reader's pleasure is increased by inclusion of bits of correspondence and related pieces of the poet's works. However, Longfellow, who has been mauled by so many, deserves a ore inspired pen.