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Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington

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Kindred spirits despite their profound differences in position, Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman shared a vision of the democratic character. They had read or listened to each otherâs words at crucial turning points in their lives, and both were utterly transformed by the tragedy of the Civil War. In this radiant book, poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein tracks the par ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 11th 2005 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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Jan 19, 2016 Kinksrock rated it liked it
Interesting parallel biography of Lincoln and Whitman. They don't actually meet, but influence each other. I'm more into history than poetry, and there is some discussion of Whitman's poetry and some passages from his poems. Add a star if you like both history and poetry, and then add another star if you like Whitman's poetry in particular.
Oct 05, 2011 Chab rated it it was amazing
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Epstein, a D.C. native with deep family roots in the District, tells an irresistible story in depth.

This book can make you feel the Civil War in new emotional and intellectual ways. And it accomplishes this almost without trying -- that is, the narration never strains for effects as it tells this intense tale of two of the best men of their generation. Lincoln: always amazing. Whitman: always unique.
Massimo Monteverdi
Il Poeta illustre e lo Statista emerito. Ma chi è davvero chi? Con il passar degli anni, Lincoln affinò vieppiù la sua capacità oratoria, raggiungendo vette di lirismo. Whitman tentò, senza grandi fortune, una carriera a Capitol Hill ma nei suoi canti risuonava fermo il richiamo al rigore politico. Due vite che si sfiorarono solo, all'ombra della guerra civile e fino all'assassinio del Presidente.
Patti Williams
If you are a fan of either man, or especially if you are a fan of both, you will find this book most intriguing. The influence of Whitman on Lincoln is a new idea to me, and it will cause you to stop and think about how writers influence our thoughts and our discussions. And the book gave me a deeper appreciation for Whitman's work. Great book.
Feb 10, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful read. Anyone who loves Whitman should like this one. It is evident in Whitman's writing that he loved Lincoln. This book is a nice, readable look at their parallel lives.
Susan Zinner
Jan 01, 2013 Susan Zinner rated it really liked it
Really interesting look at the intersecting lives of Lincoln and Whitman up to the end of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination...
Walt Whitman: interesting
Abraham Lincoln: interesting
the Civil War: interesting

this book: strangely uninteresting
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