Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 17, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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"A complex and moving character study of a woman tragically out of step with her time and place."—Chicago Tribune

This definitive biography of Mary Todd Lincoln beautifully conveys her tumultuous life and times. A privileged daughter of the proud clan that founded Lexington, Kentucky, Mary fell into a stormy romance with the raw Illinois attorney Abraham Lincoln. For twenty-five years the Lincolns forged opposing temperaments into a tolerant, loving marriage. Even as the nation suffered secession and civil war, Mary experienced the tragedies of losing three of her four children and then her husband. An insanity trial orchestrated by her surviving son led to her confinement in an asylum. Mary Todd Lincoln is still often portrayed in one dimension, as the stereotype of the best-hated faults of all women. Here her life is restored for us whole.

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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I thought it would be dry and hard to get through but it was very readable and engaging. Hard to know whether to sympathise with it despise MTL, but the ... Read full review

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History has not been kind to Mary Todd Lincoln. Whilst her husband is known to posterity as the Great Emancipator, the man who freed the slaves and steered the Union safely through four years of civil ... Read full review




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Jean Harvey Baker is the author of many books on nineteenth-century American history. She is a professor of history at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

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