[Ads-l] Pronunciation

Wed Mar 1 18:26:41 EST 2017

There Was a Little Girl is attributed to Longfellow, but is not among his published works.  A 1946 article by Sidney Kramer in The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, readable online at JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/24298820, surveys the evidence.  The poem was in existence no later than 1870.  Longfellow and his family seem to have claimed authorship of the first and most familiar verse, though not of the rest of the poem.  The earliest such claim was by Longfellow himself in conversation with a reporter, published in 1882 in The Home Life of Henry W. Longfellow.  Longfellow's son also claimed his father's authorship in a 1922 memoir.

John Baker

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From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
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Subject: Re: Pronunciation
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:59:32 -0500

Isn’t the original just Longfellow's one-verse version in _A child’s garden of verses_?


A Child's Garden of Verses is by Robert Louis Stevenson.

I found an on-line copy


It does not have the poem in it.

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