is the touching story of young lovers separated during the deportation
of Acadians from their homeland in 1755. It is, as Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow said, "...the best illustration of faithfulness
and the constancy of women ..." as Evangeline spends her life
searching for Gabriel who has remained faithful to her. In
the end they are reunited in a poorhouse where he dies in her arms.
But most importantly, Evangeline
is a story of survival – the survival of a people who faced rejection,
homelessness, hunger, and other adversities wherever they were disembarked
along the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Evangeline
was a mirror for Acadians to recognize themselves, and became the
gateway for them to reunite as a nation.
This is a limited
edition of the great poem, prepared by Françoise Paradis
to commemorate the 400 year anniversary, in 2004, of the first Acadian
settlement in North America; to honor the 250 year anniversary of
the deportation in 2005; and accept the Queen's proclamation of
July 28 of every year as "A Day of Commemoration of the Great
Upheaval," starting on July 28, 2005.
This volume is beautifully
illustrated with old lithographs and recent paintings. There
is a historical sketch of Acadians in North America, a pronunciation
guide, and a comprehensive glossary that help etch Longfellow’s
beautiful images into our memories.
Layne Longfellow, a descendant of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow'
cousin, wrote a biographical sketch of his relative and the foreword.
The table of contents is
available for your perusal.
To order the book, see the Contact/Order
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“Evangeline has been said to have
kept the memory and the culture of the Acadians alive. It is a story
we recognize today, and one which offers hope in the face of loss.
In Evangeline, one can always go home.”
Author of Wednesday's Child,
Director, Franco-American Women’s Institute, Brewer, Maine
“Françoise Paradis has done a great service to the world
of literature by reprinting Longfellow’s epic masterpiece, Evangeline.
She has done even greater homage to the Acadian survivors of
the diaspora of 1755.”
Dr. Roger Paradis,
Acadian History Professor, University of Maine at Fort Kent
“Every school, library, resource center, bookstore should
make available copies of Evangeline. This book is an excellent
resource. Odes to Françoise for her commitment and preservation
of our rich cultural heritage.”
Lisa Desjardins Michaud,
Franco-American Centre Franco-Americain,
University of Maine, Orono
“…a work of love...a far more compelling book than
any simple reprint… a moving introduction where she explains
emotions the poem stirs up for her…a noteworthy historical sketch…
a glossary…reprints of old lithographs…wonderful reprints of
paintings by Acadian artist, Donald Cyr…a Foreword by Layne
Longfellow… Paradis created a perfectly beautiful gift
edition of Evangeline, a publication worthy of keeping for
generations to come.”
Juliana L’Heureux. ‘Evangeline’ retelling is
Les Franco-Americains column, Portland Press Herald, 5-13-2004
“Françoise Paradis' new edition of Evangeline is gorgeous.
Her well-researched historical sketch and thorough glossary
invite readers deep into Acadian history and Longfellow's "forest
primeval"; the beautifully reproduced illustrations and
readable format induce us to linger there. Evangeline was Longfellow's
first blockbuster poem.
With this edition, Paradis shows us why.”
Carolin Collins, Education
Coordinator, Maine Historical Society
brings to life the impact of Longfellow's masterpiece and its
ability to endure through the ages. This volume is destined
to touch the hearts of a new generation of readers."
Lisa Obstfeld, Ph.D., Psychologist
me back to my high school days in the Philippines when we studied
Longfellow's works...Françoise's book
helped me understand more about the Acadian culture and Evangeline's
background. Evangeline should be required reading in high
school here in the U.S."
I just received your book a few days ago and am in the process
of reading it. I really like it. I don't remember
if I ever read Evangeline in its entirety before. I am
sure I will enjoy his book for years to come and re-read it
again and again. What a nice piece of work you did.
I am so proud of you and feel so honored to be a cousin.
I will cherish this great work of yours."
Paradis, a cousin
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