Mrs. Lincoln

Mrs. Lincoln

A Life

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Historian Catherine Clinton draws on important new research to illuminate the remarkable life of Mary Lincoln. Her story is inextricably tied with her husband's presidency, yet her life is an extraordinary chronicle on its own. From an aristocratic Kentucky family, she was an educated, well-connected Southern daughter, and when she married a Springfield lawyer she became a Northern wife--an experience mirrored by thousands of her countrywomen. The Lincolns endured many personal setbacks, including the death of a child and defeats in two Senate races. Mrs. Lincoln herself suffered scorching press attacks. The assassination of her husband haunted her for the rest of her life. Her downward spiral resulted in a brief but traumatizing involuntary incarceration in an asylum and exile in Europe during her later years. One of the most tragic and mysterious of nineteenth-century figures, Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060760403
0060760400
Branch Call Number: 92 L6386c 2009
Characteristics: viii, 415 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm

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claire1953
Jul 28, 2011

I found this book fascinating and an interesting way of finding out about Abraham Lincoln without having to read what are usually heavy-duty biographies. Mrs. Lincoln was indeed a colorful character and although history judged her harshly, Catherine Clinton does an excellent job of putting many accusations in their appropriate context. Mrs. Lincoln did indeed appear to love her husband and was a support to him until his untimely death at the hands of a murderer. Losing a husband and three sons (only one survived) is enough to send anyone to the brink of insanity. Highly recommended.

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