This is another “scrapbook” entry. A notice of an event some years back that turned up online. This was, and surely will remain among the most distinguished company in which I have ever read. Peter Gomes was on the program, as well, although not listed here. I was on the board of the Friends of the Longfellow House, and editor of The Longfellow House Bulletin. At this celebration of the Library of America volume of L’s collected works, the Park Service staff asked me to read The Children’s Hour. I was honored and quite moved to be asked.
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA) (Sun, 17 Sep 2000) TODAY: J. D. McClatchy, poet and editor of “Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems and Other Writings,” published by the Library of America, hosts an afternoon poetry reading and reception featuring Robert Pinsky, former poet laureate; Robert Reich, former US secretary of labor; novelist Sue Miller; biographer Justin Kaplan; David Ferry, poet and translator; independent curator Marilyn Richardson; and others. The event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m., on the East Lawn, Longfellow National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., Cambridge.