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In Lincoln's hand : his original manuscripts /
with commentary by distinguished Americans ; edited by Harold Holzer and Joshua Wolf Shenk ; foreword by James H. Billington.
imprint
New York : Bantam books, 2009.
description
xi, 196 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 29 cm.
ISBN
0553807420 (hbk.), 9780553807424 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Bantam books, 2009.
isbn
0553807420 (hbk.)
9780553807424 (hbk.)
general note
Official companion volume of the Library of Congress 2009 bicentennial exhibition which will launch in Washington, DC.
catalogue key
6774243
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-01-01:
Getting to see the writings of anyone from the past-on paper in his or her own hand-draws in the viewer and makes a long-ago figure seem close. Here we gaze at manuscripts of Abraham Lincoln, with very helpful transcriptions provided, and so, as the editors say, we're "thrust into a new intimacy with Lincoln's mind." This book stands out among Lincoln birth bicentennial books because of its intent visually to show Lincoln in the act, as it were, of reckoning with the many forces in his life. The 41 manuscripts included (to appear in the Library of Congress's exhibit, "With Malice Toward None," opening on February 12, 2009, with later stops in Sacramento, Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Omaha) are each newly approached by a prominent person in today's culture. There's Cynthia Ozick on Lincoln's 1848 ruminations on Niagara Falls; Conan O'Brien checking out Lincoln's humor; both presidents Bush, as well as Carter and Clinton; Liam Neeson, a future President Lincoln (via Spielberg); and Henry Louis Gates. Many of the Lincoln pieces included are well known, but whether they're familiar or not, we rarely get to gaze on them so movingly, ink on paper. Highly recommended for all public, high school, and college libraries.-Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Beautifully reproduces facsimiles of many of the historic documents...Like the words it enshrines, this inspiring tribute will last more than a lifetime.American History "A vibrant collector's item, this book should please any Lincoln aficionado, and makes an absorbing introduction for students and the historically curious." Publishers Weekly
"Beautifully reproduces facsimiles of many of the historic documents...Like the words it enshrines, this inspiring tribute will last more than a lifetime. American History "A vibrant collector's item, this book should please any Lincoln aficionado, and makes an absorbing introduction for students and the historically curious." Publishers Weekly
This item was reviewed in:
Library Journal, January 2009
New York Times Book Review, February 2009
PW Annex Reviews, February 2009
School Library Journal, April 2009
Reference & Research Book News, May 2009
New York Times Full Text Review, October 2009
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Summaries
Main Description
On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth and in conjunction with the Library of Congress 2009 Bicentennial Exhibition, In Lincoln's Handoffers an unprecedented look at perhaps our greatest president through vivid images of his handwritten letters, speeches, and even childhood notebooksmany never before made available to the public. Edited by leading Lincoln scholars Joshua Wolf Shenk and Harold Holzer, this companion volume to the Library of Congress exhibition offers a fresh and intimate perspective on a man whose thoughts and words continue to affect history. To underscore the resonance of Lincoln's writings on contemporary culture, each manuscript is accompanied by a reflection on Lincoln by a prominent American from the arts, politics, literature, or entertainment, including Toni Morrison, Sam Waterston, Robert Pinsky, Gore Vidal, and presidents Carter, George H.W., and George W. Bush. While Lincoln's words are quite well known, the original manuscripts boast a unique power and beauty and provide rare insight into the creative process. In this collection we can see the ebb and flow of Lincoln's thoughts, emotions, hopes, and doubts. We can see where he paused to dip his pen in the ink or to capture an idea. We can see where he added a word or phrase, and where he crossed out others, searching for the most precise, and concise, expression. In these marks on the page, Lincoln's character is available to us with a profound immediacy. From such icons as the Gettysburg Address and the inaugural speeches to seldom-seen but superb rarities, here is the world as Lincoln saw and shaped it in words and images that resound to this very day.
Main Description
On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth and in conjunction with the Library of Congress 2009 Bicentennial Exhibition, In Lincoln's Hand offers an unprecedented look at perhaps our greatest president through vivid images of his handwritten letters, speeches, and even childhood notebooks - many never before made available to the public. Edited by leading Lincoln scholars Joshua Wolf Shenk and Harold Holzer, this companion volume to the Library of Congress exhibition offers a fresh and intimate perspective on a man whose thoughts and words continue to affect history. To underscore the resonance of Lincoln's writings on contemporary culture, each manuscript is accompanied by a reflection on Lincoln by a prominent American from the arts, politics, literature, or entertainment, including Toni Morrison, Sam Waterston, Robert Pinsky, Gore Vidal, and presidents Carter, George H.W., and George W. Bush. While Lincoln's words are quite well known, the original manuscripts boast a unique power and beauty and provide rare insight into the creative process. In this collection we can see the ebb and flow of Lincoln's thoughts, emotions, hopes, and doubts. We can see where he paused to dip his pen in the ink or to capture an idea. We can see where he added a word or phrase, and where he crossed out others, searching for the most precise, and concise, expression. In these marks on the page, Lincoln's character is available to us with a profound immediacy. From such icons as the Gettysburg Address and the inaugural speeches to seldom-seen but superb rarities, here is the world as Lincoln saw and shaped it in words and images that resound to this very day.

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