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Lincoln : The Biography of a Writer
by Fred Kaplan

Overview - In this intriguing biography, literary biographer Fred Kaplan analyzes Abraham Lincoln's writings, from the great civic anthems of his presidency to love letters, legal briefs, and poems, and finds a first-rate literary talent--a master storyteller with an earthy wit, sharp logic, and an ear for poetic phrasing.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In this intriguing biography, literary biographer Fred Kaplan analyzes Abraham Lincoln's writings, from the great civic anthems of his presidency to love letters, legal briefs, and poems, and finds a first-rate literary talent--a master storyteller with an earthy wit, sharp logic, and an ear for poetic phrasing.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 0060773340
  • ISBN-10: 0060773340
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publish Date: November 2008
  • Page Count: 406

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A beautiful mind

Biographer and university professor Fred Kaplan's Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer is a full-bodied volume that should interest readers captivated by the Lincoln who expressed himself so movingly with pen in hand. Kaplan's scope is essentially biographical, yet his main intent is to trace those influences that shaped Lincoln's writing along the way—his style, his logic, his rational tone, his restraint, his noted brevity, his humor and his political sensibilities. Examples are plentiful and highly pertinent, and they're all rooted in a narrative that fully details the personal and professional events that evinced their writing. Imbued with scholarly rigor, yet readably crafted, Kaplan's study gives us a Lincoln who absorbed Shakespeare and Burns in the early going, then transformed his writing style from somewhat ponderous to both "honest and particularized .Ê.Ê. its persuasiveness determined by its adherence to the linguistic ground rules of a moral lexicon." And, yes, this was the book seen tucked under Barack Obama's arm shortly after his election last November.

 
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