In Lincoln's Hand
His Original Manuscripts with Commentary by Distinguished Americans
Publication Date: January 27, 2009
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On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and in conjunction with the Library of Congress 2009 Bicentennial Exhibition, In Lincoln’s Hand offers an unprecedented look at perhaps our greatest president through vivid images of his handwritten letters, speeches, and even childhood notebooks—many never before made available to the public.
Edited by leading Lincoln scholars Joshua Wolf Shenk and Harold Holzer, this companion volume to the Library of Congress exhibition offers a fresh and intimate perspective on a man whose thoughts and words continue to affect history. To underscore the resonance of Lincoln’s writings on contemporary culture, each manuscript is accompanied by a reflection on Lincoln by a prominent American from the arts, politics, literature, or entertainment, including Toni Morrison, Sam Waterston, Robert Pinsky, Gore Vidal, and presidents Carter, George H.W., and George W. Bush.
While Lincoln’s words are quite well known, the original manuscripts boast a unique power and beauty and provide rare insight into the creative process. In this collection we can see the ebb and flow of Lincoln’s thoughts, emotions, hopes, and doubts. We can see where he paused to dip his pen in the ink or to capture an idea. We can see where he added a word or phrase, and where he crossed out others, searching for the most precise, and concise, expression. In these marks on the page, Lincoln’s character is available to us with a profound immediacy. From such icons as the Gettysburg Address and the inaugural speeches to seldom-seen but superb rarities, here is the world as Lincoln saw and shaped it in words and images that resound to this very day.
ROY A. SITES, a native of Ohio, currently resides in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with his beautiful wife, Gail, and two cats - Ebony and Cali. They were both rescue animals. They are both spoiled. He is a life-long lover of the arts, literature and film. He is also an accomplished musician who performs regularly at venues throughout Central Florida. Roy is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of The University of South Florida. He received the King-O'Neal Medal in 1984, the University's highest award for academic excellence, for his work in the Honors Program in Psychology. He subsequently earned his Master of Liberal Arts degree through the Department of Humanities and taught at the University of South Florida for 5 years. Mr. Sites has a long standing interest in ancient, classical and medieval literature. His personal library of over 1000 volumes spans the years 3,000 B.C. to the present, with a heavy emphasis on ancient Greek and Roman literature, Early Church writings and Medieval European literature. He has spent a lifetime viewing, collecting and studying silent films. His Master's thesis, The Reconciliation of Space and Time in Pre-Griffith Cinema, is the foundation for an upcoming book on early film.
“Beautifully reproduces facsimiles of many of the historic documents…Like the words it enshrines, this inspiring tribute will last more than a lifetime.—American History
“A vibrant collector’s item, this book should please any Lincoln aficionado, and makes an absorbing introduction for students and the historically curious.” —Publishers Weekly