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, whilst 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 attorney, a member of the nation legislature, a guy of virtually ungovernable ambition. To his buddies he's additionally a cherished determine, by means of turns charmingly awkward and mesmerizingly self-possessed—a guy of whom they, too, count on titanic issues. between his neighbors and political colleagues are Joshua pace, William Herndon, Stephen Douglas, etc who've come to the exploding frontier city of Springfield to discover their futures.
It is thru one other buddy, a fictional poet, Cage Weatherby, that we are going to come to understand Lincoln in his twenties and thirties, as a chain of formative, striking incidents unfolds—his carrier within the Black Hawk struggle, his participation in a poetry-writing society, a problem to a duel that starts as a farce yet speedy rises to deadly strength . . . Cage either admires and clashes with Lincoln, occasionally wondering his criminal ethics and his wary stance on slavery. yet he's by means of Lincoln’s part as Lincoln slips backward and forward among excessive spirits and soul-hollowing disappointment and melancholy, and as he recovers from a disastrous courtship of 1 lady to marry the gorgeous, capricious, politically savvy Mary Todd. it's Mary who will convey balance to Lincoln’s existence, yet who also will set off a clash that sends the 2 males on very varied paths into the future.
Historically exact, wealthy in personality, full of the juice and desires and uncooked pursuits of american citizens at the make in an early frontier urban, a pal of Mr. Lincoln is a revelatory and relocating portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in his younger manhood. it's a close-up, regarding adventure, this sort of vivid glimpse underneath the veneer of historical past that in basic terms the superior fiction promises.
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A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan