The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln

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University of Illinois Press, Jan 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 380 pages
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Abraham Lincoln's excruciating, yet highly productive, midlife crisis; his woeful marriage to a dishonest woman who often embarrassed and sometimes physically abused him; his intense estrangement from a shiftless father; his streak of cruelty; his explosive temper; and his aversion to women are among the topics covered by Michael Burlingame in The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln. Based primarily on long-neglected manuscript and newspaper sources - especially on reminiscences of people who knew Lincoln - this psychobiography casts new light on the emotional origins of Lincoln's deep hatred of slavery, on his transformation from a party hack to a statesman, on his relations with his family, on the causes of his depressions, and on the roots of his ambition. Burlingame uses a blend of Freudian and Jungian theory to interpret the psyche of the sixteenth president.
  

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In the tradition of psychobiography epitomized by Fawn Brodie (Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History, LJ 4/15/94), Connecticut College historian Burlin-game opens the psychiatrist's couch to Lincoln ... Read full review

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Contents

Lincolns Midlife Crisis From Party Hack to Statesman
1
I Used to Be a Slave The Origins of Lincolns Hatred of Slavery
20
Unrestrained by Parental Tyranny Lincoln and His Sons
57
Surrogate Father Abraham
73
Lincolns Depressions Melancholy Dript from Him as He Walked
92
Lincolns Attitude toward Women The Most Striking Contradiction of a Complex Character
123
Lincolns Anger and Cruelty
147
The Most Ambitious Man in the World
236
The Lincolns Marriage A Fountain of Misery of a Quality Absolutely Infernal
268
Epilogue
357
Stephen A Douglas as a Target of Lincolns Lyceum Address
365
Index
369
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Michael Burlingame is a professor of history at Connecticut College. He is presently working on a three-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. His book "An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln: John G. Nicolays Interviews and Essays" won the 1995 Abraham Lincoln Association Prize. With John R. Turner Ettlinger, he coedited "Inside Lincoln's White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay," Both books are available from Southern Illinois University Press.

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