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Fanny Longfellow

  • Liked some of the neighbors there [Washington, D.C.] but not the society in general; 'tis too like a travelling menagerie, a gaping curiosity from group to group and a constant wish to see the big lions stirred up with a long pole.

    • Fanny Longfellow,
    • 1840, in Edward Wagenknecht, ed., Mrs. Longfellow: Selected Letters and Journals of Fanny Appleton Longfellow ()
  • [On New York City:] Coming from the quiet of Cambridge, still more than from Boston, the town seems to be undergoing an attack of delirium and looks very much as if it needed a keeper or it would run away and do something desperate.

    • Fanny Longfellow,
    • 1843, in Edward Wagenknecht, ed., Mrs. Longfellow: Selected Letters and Journals of Fanny Appleton Longfellow ()
  • After the quiet rational lives we Bostonians lead, for the most part, New York always appears to be undergoing an attack of delirium which forbids a moment's rest but breaks its victim on the wheel of petty frivolities. She brandishes straws, believing like the madman they are sceptres.

    • Fanny Longfellow,
    • 1843, in Edward Wagenknecht, ed., Mrs. Longfellow: Selected Letters and Journals of Fanny Appleton Longfellow ()
  • When Death first enters a house, he throws so long a shadow — it seems to touch every one.

    • Fanny Longfellow,
    • 1848, in Edward Wagenknecht, ed., Mrs. Longfellow: Selected Letters and Journals of Fanny Appleton Longfellow ()

Fanny Longfellow, U.S. literary figure

(1817 - 1861)

Full name: Frances Elizabeth Appleton Longfellow.