The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln

The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln

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by Michael Burlingame
     
 

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Based primarily on long-neglected manuscript and newspaper sources--and especially on reminiscences of people who knew him--this psychobiography casts new light on Lincoln. Burlingame uses a blend of Freudian and Jungian theory to interpret the psyche of the 16th president.

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Based primarily on long-neglected manuscript and newspaper sources--and especially on reminiscences of people who knew him--this psychobiography casts new light on Lincoln. Burlingame uses a blend of Freudian and Jungian theory to interpret the psyche of the 16th president.

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Library Journal
In the tradition of psychobiography epitomized by Fawn Brodie (Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History, LJ 4/15/94), Connecticut College historian Burlin-game opens the psychiatrist's couch to Lincoln. The author claims no attempt to rewrite the story of Lincoln's life; rather, he traces the origin of Lincoln's furious temper, cruel streak, aversion to women, hatred of slavery, and stormy relationship with his temperamental wife. Lincoln has been the subject of other psychobiographies (e.g., Charles B. Strozier's Lincoln's Quest for Union, LJ 4/15/82), and Burlingame does much to synthesize these other works. At the same time, he challenges the work of Lincoln's traditional biographer, James G. Randall. Utilizing the papers of Lincoln's law partner, William H. Herndon, and contemporary newspaper accounts, the author gives us an aggregate picture of a troubled man. Whether you agree with Burlingame or not, his analysis is an important new look at the man who shaped the course of a nation in peril. Highly recommended for all academic and public libraries.-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252066672
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
407,355
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is the latest of over 120 books on Lincoln or collateral in subject to Lincoln that a teaching friend and colleague and I have read in the last two years and presented nationally in a 100-plus page annotated bibliography. And it is one of the best. Burlingame has meticulously researched his topic, and has divided the subject into logical and interesting chapters ranging from Lincoln's melancholy to his temper, from his relations with women to his being a parent and "parenting" younger men with whom he came in contact personally. The author takes each subject, analyzes it thoroughly, gives his interpretation, then gives numerous reasons for his interpretation compared to that of others. This is a must-read for the Lincoln enthusiast, and one that will hold the attention of any reader.