Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

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by Jean Harvey Baker
     
 

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"A complex and moving character study of a woman tragically out of step with her time and place."—Chicago Tribune

This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and times. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary fell into a stormy romance with the raw Illinois attorney

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"A complex and moving character study of a woman tragically out of step with her time and place."—Chicago Tribune

This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and times. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary fell into a stormy romance with the raw Illinois attorney Abraham Lincoln. For twenty-five years the Lincolns forged opposing temperaments into a tolerant, loving marriage. Even as the nation suffered secession and civil war, Mary experienced the tragedies of losing three of her four children and then her husband. An insanity trial orchestrated by her surviving son led to her confinement in an asylum. Mary Todd Lincoln is still often portrayed in one dimension, as the stereotype of the best-hated faults of all women. Here her life is restored for us whole.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“A striking success... the account of the White House years is absorbing, the account of Mary Lincoln's life as a widow utterly compelling.”
David Herbert Donald
“This exciting and important book is a major contribution to Lincolniana. Absorbing and convincing, this is one of the few books that deserve to be called definitive.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393075687
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
205,145
File size:
950 KB

Meet the Author

Jean Harvey Baker is the author of many books on nineteenth-century American history.  She is a professor of history at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

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