Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In 1841, the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow heard the story of Acadian lovers, separated by the Expulsion and reunited at the end of their lives. He turned this simple tale into a long narrative poem, entitled Evangeline. The tragic story of Evangeline and Gabriel has captivated Acadians and non-Acadians ever since. Her desperate continent-wide search for her childhood sweetheart – taking her from the cypress groves of Louisiana to a forest mission in the Ozark Mountains – is one of the most affecting accounts of unfulfilled love ever written.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland Maine and became a professor at Harvard. He died in 1882.
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