Random House, Inc.
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.
Baker & Taylor
A collection of writings includes images of a variety of handwritten speeches, letters, and childhood notebooks, accompanied by commentary by James M. McPherson, Ken Burns, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Updike, Toni Morrison, and other notables.
Lincoln scholars and authors Holzer and Shenk provide a collection both comprehensive and intimate of Abraham Lincoln's manuscripts, from such famous pieces as the Gettysburg Address and inaugural speeches to little-known poems and humorous writings. An added benefit is the manuscripts are set side-by-side with typeset transcriptions that clearly show Lincoln's edits and changes. Each manuscript is accompanied by commentary on Lincoln by prominent Americans from the fields of politics, the performing arts, and literature such as Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Robert Pinsky, Toni Morrison, John Updike, Conan O'Brien, Steven Spielberg, and Sandra Day O'Connor. The collection is a companion volume to the Library of Congress 2009 Bicentennial Exhibition. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In honor of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, a collection of writings includes images of a variety of handwritten speeches, letters, childhood notebooks, and more, accompanied by commentary by James M. McPherson, Ken Burns, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Updike, Steven Spielberg, Toni Morrison, and other notables. 75,000 first printing.