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Herndon on Lincoln William H. Herndon

Herndon on Lincoln By William H. Herndon

Herndon on Lincoln by William H. Herndon


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Herndon on Lincoln: Letters by William H. Herndon

After Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, William H. Herndon began work on a brief, subjective biography of his former law partner, but his research turned up such unexpected and often startling information that it became a lifelong obsession. The biography finally published in 1889, Herndon's Lincoln, was a collaboration with Jesse W. Weik in which Herndon provided the materials and Weik did almost all the writing. For this reason, and because so much of what Herndon had to say about Lincoln was not included in the biography, David Donald has observed, To understand Herndon's own rather peculiar approach to Lincoln biography, one must go back to his letters. An exhaustive collection of what Herndon was told by others about Lincoln was published by Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis in Herndon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln . In this new volume, Wilson and Davis have produced a comprehensive edition of what Herndon himself wrote about Lincoln in his own letters. Because of Herndon's close association with Lincoln, his intimate acquaintance with his partner's legal and political careers, and because he sought out informants who knew Lincoln and preserved information that might otherwise have been lost, his letters have become an indispensable resource for Lincoln biography. Unfiltered by a collaborator and rendered in Herndon's own distinctive voice, these letters constitute a matchless trove of primary source material. Herndon on Lincoln: Letters is a must for libraries, research institutions, and students of a towering American figure and his times.

Herndon on Lincoln Reviews

Special Achievement Award, Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, 2017

Acclaimed Lincoln scholars Wilson and Davis have combed the large correspondence of Lincoln's law partner Herndon to discover every reference to Lincoln as a man, a public figure, and an almost mythological hero, and have selected for this book those letters that have substantive value as information, anecdote, opinion, or speculation about the president.--Library Journal
William Henry Herndon's biography of his one-time law partner, Abraham Lincoln, has long been the gold standard for Lincoln biographies. But Herndon's voluminous correspondence with friends, publishers, and the merely curious are almost as rich in substance as Herndon's biography. Wilson and Davis have now given us a thorough collection of Herndon's letters, thoroughly identified and noted, which will stand as major contribution to any study of the life of Abraham Lincoln.--Allen C. Guelzo, author of Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President
Significantly contribute[s] to Lincoln scholarship.--Journal of Southern History
This compilation of letters, many of which are published for the first time and are gathered from repositories from across the nation, adds significantly to our understanding of both Lincoln and the man who was his law partner for nearly two decades. Herndon defenders as well as critics will find great value in this comprehensive and carefully annotated volume.--Edna Greene Medford, co-author of The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views
A major scholarly achievement that will be of great value to Lincoln biographers and scholars.--James M. McPherson, author of War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865
This an excellent work and an essential one for anyone interested in Lincoln and the man who strove to tell his story as he believed it should be told.--Civil War News
A treasure trove for Lincoln scholars. . . . Herndon's voluminous and detailed letters, identified and annotated expertly by Wilson and Davis, confirm the late Lincoln scholar David Donald's observation that 'To understand Herndon's own rather peculiar approach to Lincoln biography, one must go back to his letters.' Essential.--Choice
An eye-opening look at many facets of Lincoln: his parents (the father illiterate, the mother from what Herndon calls 'a lecherous family'); his pastimes (he loved playing chess and handball); his lax parenting style (he was 'a tool or a slave' to his young boys, letting them run wild in the law office); and his predictions (he foresaw his assassination, saying more than once, 'Billy, I feel as if I shall meet with some terrible end').--Wall Street Journal

This invaluable collection of Herndon's letters about Lincoln ably supplements Herndon's Informants, the editors' magnificent compilation of reminiscences gathered by Herndon from scores of people who knew Lincoln. Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis, along with the University of Illinois Press, deserve the undying gratitude of everyone who cares about Lincoln in particular and American history in general.--Michael Burlingame, author of Abraham Lincoln: A Life

About William H. Herndon

Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis are codirectors of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, in Galesburg, Illinois, and the coeditors of Herndon's Lincoln and The Lincoln-Douglas Debates .

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GOR013288456
9780252039812
0252039815
Herndon on Lincoln: Letters by William H. Herndon
Used - Very Good
Hardback
University of Illinois Press
2016-01-13
408
Winner of <DIV>Special Achievement Award, Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, 2017</DIV> 2017
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