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Herndon's Lincoln /
William H. Herndon and Jesse W. Weik ; edited by Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis.
imprint
[Galesburg, Ill.] : Knox College Lincoln Studies Center ; Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2006.
description
xxxviii, 481 p.
ISBN
0252030729 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780252030727 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
[Galesburg, Ill.] : Knox College Lincoln Studies Center ; Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2006.
isbn
0252030729 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780252030727 (cloth : alk. paper)
general note
"Published in association with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission."
catalogue key
6003874
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
Each year sees the number of works on Abraham Lincoln grow ever more. Authors continue to produce vast numbers of articles, biographies, analyses of Lincoln's words and thoughts, and psychological dissections of all of his major decisions. But for all of the new works on Lincoln, the original Lincoln research is still the best. William Herndon, Lincoln's law partner in Springfield, IL, spent years compiling first-person accounts of Lincoln, creating the first true picture of Lincoln by someone who actually knew him. In this updated edition of Herndon's original biography, Wilson and Davis provide a highly readable version of the original text while retaining the author's 19th-century writing style. Their thorough index is a welcome addition to the original work. The book also has an informative editors' introduction to William Herndon; it describes the process of creating the original biography and emphasizes Herndon's attempts to capture the human, rather than the sainted, image of Abraham Lincoln. By using first-person accounts by Lincoln's contemporaries instead of relying upon modern reinterpretation and analysis, Herndon's Lincoln remains, decades after its first appearance, the indispensable Lincoln biography. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. S. J. Ramold Eastern Michigan University
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"In this new volume, coeditors Douglas Wilson and Rodney Davis have brought the landmark biography up to date with more than seventy years of Lincoln scholarship, thereby giving us the definitive modern edition of the work. . . . Wilson and Davis's new edition of Herndon's Lincoln will not only help scholars scrutinize the biography itself, but will also afford them the remarkable opportunity to see how the memory of one of America's greatest presidents was constructed."-- Journal of the Early Republic
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Summaries
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An important new edition of the foundational Lincoln biography William H. Herndon aspired to write a faithful portrait of his friend and law partner, Abraham Lincoln, based on his own observations and on hundreds of letters and interviews he had compiled for the purpose. Even more importantly, he was determined to present Lincoln as a man, rather than a saint, and to reveal things that the prevailing Victorian conventions said should be left out of the biography of a great national hero. A variety of obstacles kept Herndon from writing his book, however, and not until he found a collaborator in Jesse W. Weik did the biography begin to take shape. It finally appeared in 1889, to decidedly mixed reviews. Though controversial from the outset, Herndon's Lincoln nonetheless established itself as a classic, and remains, as Don E. Fehrenbacher declared, "the most influential biography of Lincoln ever published." This new edition restores the original text, includes two chapters added in the revised (1892) edition, and traces the story of how this landmark biography got written. Extensive annotation affords the reader a detailed look at the biography's sources.
Description for Bookstore
An important new edition of the foundational Lincoln biography William H. Herndon aspired to write a faithful portrait of his friend and law partner, Abraham Lincoln, based on his own observations and on hundreds of letters and interviews he had compiled for the purpose. Even more importantly, he was determined to present Lincoln as a man, rather than a saint, and to reveal things that the prevailing Victorian conventions said should be left out of the biography of a great national hero. A variety of obstacles kept Herndon from writing his book, however, and not until he found a collaborator in Jesse W. Weik did the biography begin to take shape. It finally appeared in 1889, to decidedly mixed reviews. Though controversial from the outset,Herndon’s Lincolnnonetheless established itself as a classic, and remains, as Don E. Fehrenbacher declared, “the most influential biography of Lincoln ever published.” This new edition restores the original text, includes two chapters added in the revised (1892) edition, and traces the story of how this landmark biography got written. Extensive annotation affords the reader a detailed look at the biography’s sources.
Long Description
William H. Herndon aspired to write a faithful portrait of his friend and law partner, Abraham Lincoln, based on his own observations and on hundreds of letters and interviews he had compiled for the purpose. Even more importantly, he was determined to present Lincoln as a man, rather than a saint, and to reveal things that the prevailing Victorian conventions said should be left out of the biography of a great national hero. A variety of obstacles kept Herndon from writing his book, however, and not until he found a collaborator in Jesse W. Weik did the biography begin to take shape. It finally appeared in 1889, to decidedly mixed reviews. Though controversial from the outset, Herndon's Lincoln nonetheless established itself as a classic, and remains, as Don E. Fehrenbacher declared, "the most influential biography of Lincoln ever published." This new edition restores the original text, includes two chapters added in the revised (1892) edition, and traces the story of how this landmark biography got written. Extensive annotation affords the reader a detailed look at the biography's sources.
Main Description
An important new edition of the foundational Lincoln biography
Table of Contents
List of Selected Original Illustrationsp. xi
Editors' Prefacep. xiii
Editors' Introductionp. xv
A Note on the Text and Annotationsp. xxxvii
Prefacep. 3
Summary of Chapter Contentsp. 7
p. 15
p. 24
p. 42
p. 56
p. 69
p. 89
p. 97
p. 110
p. 132
p. 186
p. 207
p. 223
p. 239
p. 256
p. 270
p. 282
p. 298
p. 312
p. 323
p. 348
Appendixp. 364
Chapters Added in the 1892 Editionp. 379
Editors' Annotationsp. 413
Acknowledgmentsp. 455
Corrigendap. 459
Indexp. 465
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