Lincoln The Biography of a Writer (Paperback)
|Author: Fred Kaplan|
|Acclaimed biographer Kaplan explores the life of America''s 16th president through his use of language as a vehicle both to express complex ideas and feelings and as an instrument of persuasion and empowerment.|
From the Publisher:
For Abraham Lincoln, whether he was composing love letters, speeches, or legal arguments, words mattered. In Lincoln, acclaimed biographer Fred Kaplan explores the life of America's sixteenth president through his use of language both as a vehicle to express complex ideas and feelings and as an instrument of persuasion and empowerment. This unique account of Lincoln's life and career highlights the shortcomings of the modern presidency, reminding us, through Lincoln's legacy and appreciation for language, that the careful and honest use of words is a necessity for successful democracy.
Illuminating and engrossing, Lincoln brilliantly chronicles Abraham Lincoln's genius with language.
In his fascinating and learned study LINCOLN: THE BIOGRAPHY OF A WRITER, Fred Kaplan examines Lincoln's many influences--the Bible, Aesop, Byron, and Shakespeare--as well as the variety of genres in which he wrote--love letters, poems, legal briefs, and of course his many speeches, including the Gettysburg Address. Kaplan discovers much humor and inventiveness in Lincoln's writing, which includes a speech on agricultural improvements written in free verse. ( Who knew?) Above all, it was Lincoln's world-class literary gifts that helped shape the tremendous changes occurring in his presidency. And, unlike today's politicos, Lincoln wrote his own speeches.