Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

by Daniel Mark Epstein
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Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage by Daniel Mark Epstein

Although the private lives of political couples have in our era become frontpage news, the true story of this extraordinary and tragic first family has never been fully told. The Lincolns eclipses earlier accounts with riveting new information that makes husband and wife, president and first lady, come alive in all their proud accomplishments and earthy humanity. Award-winning biographer and poet Daniel Mark Epstein gives a fresh close-up view of the couple's life in Springfield, Illinois (of their twenty-two years of marriage, all but six were spent there), and dramatizes with stunning immediacy how the Lincolns' ascent to the White House brought both dazzling power and the slow, secret unraveling of the couple's unique bond.

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ISBN-13: 9780345477996
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/20/2008
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Daniel Mark Epstein is the author of biographies of Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman, Aimee Semple McPherson, Nat King Cole, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, as well as seven volumes of poetry. His verse has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among other publications. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Epstein the Rome Prize in 1977 and an Academy Award in 2006. Daniel Mark Epstein lives in Baltimore.

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Lincolns 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I approached this book with some misgivings, as there are so many stereotypes about the Lincolns' marriage. Some biographers belittle Mary Lincoln, while others portray her as a victim. Epstein has the sensitivity to see the marriage from the beginning as inspired by authentic love which survived enormous adversity. It is remarkable how many new facts Epstein has discovered about the marriage, from the problems in their courtship, to Mary's overspending and jealousies as first lady. And yet, knowing the story as well as I did, I still cried at the end, because the author made the scenes so vivid. This is the best book of non-fiction I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Epstein has given us an intimate look into one of the most captivating political marriages in US history. It is beautifully researched and is told with the sensitivity of a poet. Not since Lash's Eleanor and Franklin have I enjoyed a book of this nature so very much. It has the backbone of a text book and the soul of a novel.
Rubyrasc More than 1 year ago
In the difficult times our country is facing right now..I wish Abraham Lincoln were here. There will never be another like him. In-depth and an interesting read. This would make a very nice gift.
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jms41 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it made interested to learn more about the life of Mary Todd Lincoln. I would like to try another bio of her. Very well researched and a good learning experience!
JR2IN More than 1 year ago
After reading literally hundreds of books about the Lincolns, I didn't think there was anything new to learn. "The Lincolns" was as a treasure to read with its details and reader friendly approach. I found that I could not put the book down. I learned touching, thoughtful and unforgettable facts about the enormous hardships the Lincolns faced. The quality of this book's historical facts blend seamlessly with the presentation of the couple's daily lives. What a gem!
bookloverDS More than 1 year ago
Even thought much of this ground has been covered before the approach Epstein takes still provides for compelling reading. If your interest lies in the relationship between Mr. Lincoln and his his Molly this book is definitelyy worth your time.
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MerlinDB More than 1 year ago
Very informative. Stays with the topic without wandering into extraneous material.