Henry Wadsworth Longfellow scholar Bruce Southard will deliver the lecture, "Longfellow Friends and Rivals," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the New Lebanon Library, 550 State Route 20 This program is free and open to the public.

Using Longfellow’s life and poems as the timeline, this presentation introduces Longfellow’s contemporaries, authors such as Hawthorne, Emerson, Whitman, Dickens, Thackeray, Tennyson, Irving, Bryant, Lowell, Thoreau, Holmes, and Wilde, his interaction with them, and samples of his and their writing.