The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage
Although the private lives of political couples have in our era become front-page new ...more
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Although this book deals mainly with the relationship between Mary and Lincoln, it also does a fair bit of analysis of Lincoln's political aspirations and achievements (whetting my appetite to tackle the enormous tome Team of Ri ...more
This book may not be the final word on the Lincolns' marriage, but it is hardly doomed for the discount bin. Overall, critics were divided. The historically minded disliked Epstein's endless hypothesizing, particularly in his speculative narration of the goings-on in the Lincolns' bedroom. But then Epstein is not the typical Lincoln scholar; his other publications include several books of poetry and a biography of Nat King Cole. The less-fastidious critics enjoyed Epstein's eccentric tale of an...more
“Enduring marriages do not follow a simple trajectory to success or ruin. They proceed in a jagged arc, as husband and wife agree, disagree, compromise, and experience estrangement and reconciliation in the adventure of their life together.”
This quote, snatched from the middle of the book, could be its thesis. The Lincoln marriage is no fairy tale. Nor is it the gothic horror story some deriders of Mary Todd would have it be, even given its tragic ending. It is something in the middle of a funct ...more
This is the long and pathetic, for the most part, story of the marriage of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd taking us through their courtship, marriage, births and deaths of children, and election to the presidency, years in the White House, and Lincoln’s assassination. The book ends there as the author pointed to the fact that other books exist ab ...more
A great deal is known and has been written about Abraham Lincoln’s humble beginnings, his business failures, his presidency and his death. Until now, no one has put together the history of Lincoln and Mary Todd’s courtship and marriage or peered behind the historical mystique into the heart of this famous couple’s devotion. Daniel Mark Epstein bares the hearts and minds of the Lincolns.
Using a novelist’s sensibilities and tools, Epstein gives col ...more
On the other hand, while Illinoisan's are eager to claim Lincoln, his wife who also grew up in Kentucky and immigrated to Springfiel ...more
So this book was a real breath of fresh air - the politics and Civil War by and large takes a back seat and the Lincolns' marriage is the real focus. Right from the early days of their courtship in Springfield to the day of Lincoln's assassination, Eps ...more
I found myself depressed by the constant emotional trauma, illness and death both Lincolns faced. If poor Mary Lincoln could just have had some psychotropic drugs, stat.