Mrs. Abraham Lincoln: A Study Of Her Personality And Her Influence On Lincoln

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First published in 1932, this was the first thoroughly researched biography of Mary Lincoln ever
written, and it remains the most balanced and complete work on this controversial First Lady. Author W. A. Evans challenges the disparaging views of Mary Lincoln that were generally accepted at the time, offering a comprehensive and informed look at a woman whose physical and mental health problems have often been misconstrued or overlooked by other biographers. Evans conducted ...

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Mrs. Abraham Lincoln: A Study of Her Personality and Her Influence on Lincoln

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Overview

First published in 1932, this was the first thoroughly researched biography of Mary Lincoln ever
written, and it remains the most balanced and complete work on this controversial First Lady. Author W. A. Evans challenges the disparaging views of Mary Lincoln that were generally accepted at the time, offering a comprehensive and informed look at a woman whose physical and mental health problems have often been misconstrued or overlooked by other biographers. Evans conducted extensive research, interviewing Mrs. Lincoln’s family members, seeking advice and assistance from numerous Lincoln scholars and historians, scouring thousands of pages of contemporary newspapers and primary resources, reviewing correspondence Mary wrote during her stay at Bellevue Place sanitarium, and consulting with several medical experts. The result of all this research is an objective and detailed portrait of Mrs. Lincoln and her influence on her husband that still has a great deal of historical value for readers today.

A new foreword by Jason Emerson, author of The Madness of Mary Lincoln, provides biographical information on Evans and background on the origins of the book and its reception and influence. Finally back in print, this classic biography is essential reading for all with an interest in the Lincoln family.

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“[Mrs. Abraham Lincoln] ought to stand on every shelf which holds a biography of Abraham Lincoln, for his great heart would not have wanted adoration for himself without at least justice for Mary.”—New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809329717
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

W. A. Evans, a physician, public health authority, columnist, and historian became Chicago’s first health commissioner in 1907. He was the health editor for the Chicago Tribune where his column “How to Keep Well” ran for twenty-three years.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Preface xviii

Introduction 3

I The Gifts of the Ancestors 31

II Childhood 65

III Youth Builds Her Up 77

IV The Training of Maturity 113

V Rounding Out 137

VI The Peak and a Decline 163

VII Taking Toll 193

VIII Mending Her Fences 221

IX Financial Security and Insecurity 233

X The Help and Harm of Politics 251

XI Religion 263

XII The Influence of Society 269

XIII The Physical Phases of Her Personal-Ity 275

XIV Her Mental and Personality Qualities 287

XV On the Rocks 305

XVI Mutual Influence 323

XVII Health 337

XVIII Justice 349

Bibliography 355

Index 364

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