Abe: A Novel of the Young Lincoln

Abe: A Novel of the Young Lincoln

by Richard Slotkin, Abraham Lincoln
     
 

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A brilliant work of historical imagination, Abe immerses the reader in the isolating poverty and difficult circumstances that shaped Abraham Lincoln's character. Marked by his mother's horrible death and the struggle to keep reading and learning in the face of his father's fierce disapproval, Richard Slotkin's Lincoln comes of age during a dramatic flatboat journey

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A brilliant work of historical imagination, Abe immerses the reader in the isolating poverty and difficult circumstances that shaped Abraham Lincoln's character. Marked by his mother's horrible death and the struggle to keep reading and learning in the face of his father's fierce disapproval, Richard Slotkin's Lincoln comes of age during a dramatic flatboat journey down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. Along the way, Lincoln and his companions see slavery firsthand and experience the violence — and the pleasures — of frontier settlements and the cities of Natchez and New Orleans. Transformed by what he has seen and done, Lincoln returns to make his final break with his father and to step out of the wilderness into New Salem — and history.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A rich, satisfying coming-of-age story." —The New York Times Book Review

"This is docudrama intelligently distilled to the written page...a substantial achievment." —The Wall Street Journal

"Abe is an entrancing, highly imaginative yet historically rigorous account." —Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805066395
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Slotkin is the Olin Professor of American Studies at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Gunfighter Nation and Regeneration Through Violence, both National Book Award finalists, and The Crater, a novel.

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