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Excerpt from Stories About Favorite Authors: Little Literature Lessons for Little Boys and GirlsLongfellow was born February 27, 1807, in Portland, Maine. He is often called the Childrens Poet.Among his early poems is The Village Blacksmith,MoreExcerpt from Stories About Favorite Authors: Little Literature Lessons for Little Boys and GirlsLongfellow was born February 27, 1807, in Portland, Maine. He is often called the Childrens Poet.Among his early poems is The Village Blacksmith, whose smithy stood under a spreading chestnut-tree, in Cambridge, Mass. In that poem, he tells how the- children coming home from schoolAnd hear the bellows roar,Look in at the open door-And catch the burning sparks that fly.They love to see the flaming forge,Like chaff from a threshing floor.In 1879, that tree was cut down, and the school-children of Cambridge brought their bits of money together, and had a chair made from the wood, and gave it to Longfellow, on his seventy-second birthday. The chair stands by the fireplace in his study. Longfellow wrote a poem about it, addressed to the children, beginning, From My Armchair.He also gave orders that every child who wished to see that chair, should be admitted, and O, such a pattering of dirty little feet as there was through his entrance hall for months!Once he made a speech to one thousand grammar-school children! and he never made speeches to grown people. It was on the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the founding of Cambridge. After the public exercises were over, the boys and girls crowded around him with their albums for his autograph.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.