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The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now

The Lincoln Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Legacy from 1860 to Now

by Harold Holzer
     
 

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Abraham Lincoln has achieved an unrivaled preeminence in American history, culture, and myth. Here, for the bicentennial of his birth, Lincoln and his enduring legacy are the focus of nearly 100 major authors and important historical figures from his time to the present. Edited by celebrated Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, this collection gathers fascinating writing

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Abraham Lincoln has achieved an unrivaled preeminence in American history, culture, and myth. Here, for the bicentennial of his birth, Lincoln and his enduring legacy are the focus of nearly 100 major authors and important historical figures from his time to the present. Edited by celebrated Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, this collection gathers fascinating writing from a variety of genres to illuminate the Lincoln we know and revere. It enables readers to rediscover Lincoln anew through the eyes of some of our greatest writers, including Winston Churchill, Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, U. S. Grant, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Victor Hugo, Henrik Ibsen, Karl Marx, Herman Melville, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Gore Vidal, Booker T. Washington, H. G. Wells, Walt Whitman, Garry Wills, and many others. The Lincoln Anthology includes illustrations and a detailed chronology of Lincoln's life.

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Publishers Weekly
This hefty Library of America anthology, edited by Lincoln scholar Holzer (co-chairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission), is a solid compilation of work on Abraham Lincoln from a diverse selection of writers in various genres, celebrating his extensive legacy and providing insight from a number of angles and time periods. From William Cullen Bryant's introduction of the little-known Illinois Republican at Cooper Union in Manhattan to Barack Obama's 2007 presidential candidacy announcement (made on Lincoln's birthday at Springfield's Old State Capitol, where Lincoln delivered his "House Divided" speech), Holzer follows the president's legacy through marquee names like Whitman, Hawthorne, Tolstoy, Marx, Churchill and Doctorow. Including a helpful index and a chronology of Lincoln's life, this voluminous, thorough collection will keep Lincoln fans reading well past the beloved president's upcoming bicentennial.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598530438
Publisher:
Library of America, The
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Pages:
964

What People are saying about this

Daniel Mark Epstein
This extraordinary anthology contains the best and most evocative words written about Abraham Lincoln over the last two centuries, skillfully edited by Harold Holzer."
—James M. McPherson, author of Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
"So prodigious were Abraham Lincoln's talents, so capacious the American imagination's embrace of him, that each successive generation of Americans has reinvented his image to serve its own needs and times. No anthology before this one has charted that curious process with more erudition, elegance, and grace."
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author of In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past
"A thrilling book. Here at last is the living portrait of Lincoln that has eluded photographers and painters for 200 years. (Daniel Mark Epstein, author of The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage)

Meet the Author

Harold Holzer has written or edited more than forty books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. He is a senior vice president at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society.

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