A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan

By Stephen Harrigan

The writer of the best-selling The Gates of the Alamo now supplies us a galvanizing portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the course of a crucially revealing interval of his existence, the early Springfield years, while he risked either his sanity and his moral bearings as he looked for the good future he believed to be his.

It is Illinois within the 1830s and 1840s. Abraham Lincoln is a circuit-riding legal professional, a member of the nation legislature, a guy of just about ungovernable ambition. To his buddies he's additionally a loved determine, via turns charmingly awkward and mesmerizingly self-possessed—a guy of whom they, too, count on giant issues. between his pals and political colleagues are Joshua velocity, William Herndon, Stephen Douglas, etc who've come to the exploding frontier city of Springfield to discover their futures.

It is thru one other pal, a fictional poet, Cage Weatherby, that we'll come to understand Lincoln in his twenties and thirties, as a sequence of formative, extraordinary incidents unfolds—his carrier within the Black Hawk warfare, his participation in a poetry-writing society, a problem to a duel that starts off as a farce yet fast rises to deadly power . . . Cage either admires and clashes with Lincoln, occasionally wondering his criminal ethics and his wary stance on slavery. yet he's through Lincoln’s part as Lincoln slips backward and forward among excessive spirits and soul-hollowing unhappiness and melancholy, and as he recovers from a disastrous courtship of 1 lady to marry the gorgeous, capricious, politically savvy Mary Todd. it really is Mary who will deliver balance to Lincoln’s lifestyles, yet who also will set off a clash that sends the 2 males on very diversified paths into the future.

Historically actual, wealthy in personality, packed with the juice and goals and uncooked goals of usa citizens at the make in an early frontier urban, a chum of Mr. Lincoln is a revelatory and relocating portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in his younger manhood. it's a close-up, regarding adventure, one of these vivid glimpse underneath the veneer of background that simply the superior fiction gives you.

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