Lincoln before Washington

New Perspectives on the Illinois Years
Author: Douglas L. Wilson
Original and path-breaking essays on various facets of Abraham Lincoln's life
Paper – $28
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1998
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About the Book

In Lincoln before Washington, acclaimed Lincoln biographer Douglas L. Wilson offers writing on topics as disparate as the reliability of William H. Herndon, Herndon's informants, Lincoln's affinities with Thomas Jefferson, his favorite poem, his mysterious broken engagement, and the text of his debates with Stephen A. Douglas. Throughout the volume, Wilson reveals that Lincoln's pre-presidential years offer dramatic insights into his life and character.

About the Author

Douglas L. Wilson is the George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English and co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. He is the author of Lincoln's Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words and coeditor of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The Lincoln Studies Center Edition.

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“Impressive! Especially significant is Wilson’s comment in his preface that he has come at Lincoln through the ‘back door.’ I am convinced that this approach can bring to light insights that may not appear to the dedicated Lincoln scholars, who often see Lincoln out of context.”--Robert W. Johannsen, author of The Frontier, the Union, and Stephen A. Douglas