Talk about a comeback: From page to screen, it appears that Americans can’t get enough off all things Lincoln. Steven Spielberg’s biopic, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals,” met with critical and commercial success and garnered more Academy Award nominations than any other film in the running this year, including acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field. This year also saw a fluffier, but no less grave, take on the 16th president, when Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” went to the big screen. Meanwhile FOX News host Bill O’Reilly added to the annals of Lincoln literature with a look at the aftermath of his assassination, “Killing Lincoln.” And this month, the novelist Jennifer Chiaverini has brought Mary Todd Lincoln and her trusted seamstress, a former slave, to life in “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.”
We take a look at the major works on this president and man whose wit and political prowess continue to fascinate us today.
Lincoln: Speeches and Writings, Volume 2: 1859-1865
By Abraham Lincoln