Eva March Tappan’s “A Friend in the Library” series is a comprehensive guide to the writings of six seminal American poets, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. This volume deals specifically with the ideas of history and biography, exploring the examples of both present in the work of these great American poets. This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in the American poetry and colonial history. Eva March Tappan (1854 – 1930) was an American author and teacher. Other notable works by this author include: “Adventures & Achievements” (1900), “Poems & Rhymes” (1900), and “In the Days of Queen Elizabeth” (1902). Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author. This book was first published in 1909.