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by Fred Kaplan

Free eBook Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer download ISBN: 0060773340
Author: Fred Kaplan
Publisher: Harper (October 28, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 416
Category: Biography and Memoir
Subcategory: Leaders and Notable People
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In Lincoln, acclaimed biographer Fred Kaplan explores the life of America's sixteenth president through his use of. .This book gives an excellent analysis of what made Lincoln the oratory and literary powerhouse that he was. This skill is what carried him to the presidency.

This book gives an excellent analysis of what made Lincoln the oratory and literary powerhouse that he was.

Like the other great canonical writers of American literature†a status he is gradually attaining†Lincoln had a literary career that is inseparable from his life story. An admirer and avid reader of Burns, Byron, Shakespeare, and the Old Testament, Lincoln was the most literary of our presidents

This was okay, but Douglas Wilson's "Lincoln's Sword" is a much better biography of Lincoln as a writer.

Like the other great canonical writers of Ame For Abraham Lincoln, whether he was composing love letters, speeches, or legal arguments, words mattered. This was okay, but Douglas Wilson's "Lincoln's Sword" is a much better biography of Lincoln as a writer.

Certain to become essential to our understanding of the 16th president. Kaplan meticulously analyzes how Lincoln’s steadily maturing prose style enabled him to come to grips with slavery and, as his own views evolved, to express his deepening opposition to it. - Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World Fascinating. An admirer and avid reader of Burns, Byron, Shakespeare, and the Old Testament, Lincoln was the most literary of our presidents

Fred Kaplan, American literature educator, biographer. Fellow Guggenhiem Foundation, 1977-1978, Huntington Library.

Fred Kaplan, American literature educator, biographer. 1981-1982, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1983, National Humanities Center, 1985-1986, Rockefeller Foundation, 1990. The Bronx, New York City, United States of America. Instructor Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, 1962-1964. Assistant professor California State University, Los Angeles, 1964-1967.

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Автор: Kaplan Fred Название: Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer Издательство: HarperCollins USA .

Fred Kaplan (biographer). He is the author of several biographies. Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer. For the journalist and columnist, see Fred Kaplan (journalist). 1937 (age 82–83) The Bronx, New York City, . He is the author of several biographies John Quincy Adams: American Visionary, HarperCollins, 2014, ISBN 9780061915413. The Singular Mark Twain: A Biography. Gore Vidal: A Biography Doubleday, 1999

“Fred Kaplan’s Lincoln offers penetrating insights on Lincoln’s ability to explain complex ideas in language accessible to a broad range of readers and listeners.” — James M. McPherson, The New York Review of Books

“A fine, invaluable book. . . . Certain to become essential to our understanding of the 16th president. . . . Kaplan meticulously analyzes how Lincoln’s steadily maturing prose style enabled him to come to grips with slavery and, as his own views evolved, to express his deepening opposition to it.” — Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World

Fascinating. . . . persuasive [and] highly perceptive.” — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

From acclaimed biographer Fred Kaplan comes an illuminating look at the life of Abraham Lincoln that chronicles his genius with language.

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fabscf
I'm a big fan of Lincoln's prose. I consider him one of the great 19th-century American writers, along with Emerson, Thoreau, and Twain. I've read other studies, like Wills's Lincoln at Gettysburg, but these analyze specific works and assume Lincoln as an already-formed writer. Kaplan shows how Lincoln accomplished this. It seems to me that most of the carps about the work's historical accuracy (when the Emancipation Proclamation occurred, eg -- if I could care less, I would) are beside the point and do NOT engage with Kaplan's thesis. I found Kaplan's account fascinating and illuminating. Even Lincoln started from somewhere as a writer and achieved his mastery with a lot of hard work and a mountain of reading and self-education. Kaplan writes like a recovering academic. Certain sections fly by, others not so much. I don't mind academic prose if the thought is interesting, and Kaplan definitely passes that test. An essential Lincoln book.
Domarivip
An exploration of the effects of being articulate, well-spoken and obsessed with learning is especially relevant after watching Obama use those three traits to take the presidency. It's the author's point that Lincoln's log cabin story has obscured how impressive a writer and speaker he really was. More importantly, we forget that with the exception of Theodore Roosevelt we've never really had a president before with equal deftness in reading, writing and speaking. Normally they are good at one and abysmal at the others. There's a part in the book where he takes one of Lincoln's speeches and lays it out into a poem. It's just one example but an incredible way to make the book's central point: that Lincoln's understanding of the English language and the power of persuasion were so impressive they we're not even aware that he was using them.
EROROHALO
Mr. Kaplan's book begins promisingly, with a speculative, but apparently well-researched, perspective on the books that influenced Lincoln as a student and young man. He makes an interesting comparison between much of Lincoln's later writing and speaking and works like Dilworth's Speller that were accessible to him as a youth.

If the author had stopped there, or had fast-forwarded to Lincoln's writing/oratory when it was in full bloom during his presidential years, the book would have worked well. But there are many chapters, several of them mired in pedantry, about Lincoln's years as a small-town lawyer and businessman, and about the constant struggle of the auto-didact to rise above his humble past.

Since Lincoln is the most written-about president in our history, this is much too much information. Mr Kaplan has a difficult time staying on task. His discussion of the Lincolns' marriage is fascinating, but he gives you enough to whet the appetite and then more or less apologizes for getting off-track.

Worse than that, his conclusions at the end of the book as to where Lincoln's successors rank in terms of their comparative writing abilities is neither informed nor convincing. Considering that this book is only two years old, it is remarkable, if not laughable, that he refers to Jimmy Carter as one of the best writers to occupy the Oval Office, while failing to even mention the oratorical abilities, not to mention writing skills, of either John F Kennedy or Ronald Reagan. His blanket statement that "after Roosevelt, less talented speechwriters took over and the president's own language hardly mattered to the process" is simply inaccurate. Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan all had extensive writing and speaking backgrounds when they entered the presidency and continued to have a major influence on the words they uttered while occupying the Oval Office.

All in all, this book has its moments, but the author should have drawn more inspiration from his subject and erred on the side of brevity.
Rayli
Mr. Kaplan's keen analysis of clearly voluminous materials exposes the reader the apparent prevailing influences and lofty ideas that morphed this common man into a pillar of strength and perseverance during some of the most trying times in the history of America. This well-written book aptly portrays the range of thoughts and words of Lincoln from his inherited coarseness to his acquired lofty and memorable. It was a good read of some of the rough and tumble of his early professional and political life and his immigration, given the times, to the language and causes that preserved the Union. It was a most interesting study of how he was molded by the powerful language and wisdom of earlier great works and how he drew on those ideas and that language to advance his righteous causes. I knew nothing of this book before randomly selecting it, and in my opinion this work is better than some of the better known works on Lincoln.
Uttegirazu
This book, though rarher short, casts an entirely new light on Lincoln's life, with well-written chapters on his upbringing and on his political instincts and determination. I think only a writer could empathize this much with Lincoln, his hard-won self-education, his vital use of the American language and European thought and literature, and his humor,both sophisticated and backwoods. It's such a pleasure, after finishing this fine bit of work, to be able to see Lincoln in toto, not just as the assassinated President from a Kentucky log cabin. Many thanks, Mr. Kaplan, for your fine work.
PanshyR
Really interesting -- necessarily an in-depth research project by the author. Well written, a compelling case for our favorite Lincoln seen as a writer -- which also involves his growth as an intellectual and cherished, perceptive man.
Hulis
If you have ever been curious about how Lincoln thought...how his brain handled things and what his underlying personality was like...this is a good book to read. True, it gets a little slow (after all, it is not a mystery) at times, but the over all approach to understanding Lincoln's thinking is really laid out here.