1997-407 | Evangeline A Tale of Acadie

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Evangeline A Tale of Acadie
1848, 19th century
1.5 x 12.5 x 18.8 cm
Gift of Laurie Landry
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Keys to History

Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie, was first published in 1847, with a print run of 2,000 copies. The poem met with immediate success and so was published many more times and was translated into a number of languages.

The first French edition, translated by Chevalier de Chastelain, was published in Paris in 1856. The first French-Canadian edition was published in Quebec City in 1865 in Essais poétiques by Pamphile Lemay.

It was not until 1850 that the first illustrated edition came out, in London and Boston. It included drawings by Jane Benham, Birket Foster and John Gilbert, who were the first in a long line of artists to interpret Longfellow's verses and give a face to his heroine, Evangeline. Their pictures generated public interest and conveyed a romantic and idyllic vision of historic Acadia. In the process, they helped spread knowledge of Acadian history throughout the world.

  • What

    This is a copy of the third edition of the poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie.

  • Where

    It was published in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • When

    A book collector took an interest in the various editions of the poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie, and managed to build up a wonderful collection. He donated it to the Acadian Museum at the Université de Moncton in 1999.

  • Who

    This edition of Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie, was published by William D. Ticknor & Company.