Lincoln by Gore Vidal
A Novel (Vintage International)

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Lincoln is the cornerstone of Gore Vidal's fictional American chronicle, which includes Burr, 1876, Washington, D.C., Empire, and Hollywood. It opens early on a frozen winter morning in 1861, when President-elect Abraham Lincoln slips into Washington, flanked by two bodyguards. The future president is in disguise, for there is talk of a plot to murder him. During the next four years there will be numerous plots to murder this man who has sworn to unite a disintegrating nation. Isolated in a ramshackle White House in the center of a proslavery city, Lincoln presides over a fragmenting government as Lee's armies beat at the gates. In this profoundly moving novel, a work of epic proportions and intense human sympathy, Lincoln is observed by his loved ones and his rivals. The cast of characters is almost Dickensian: politicians, generals, White House aides, newspapermen, Northern and Southern conspirators, amiably evil bankers, and a wife slowly going mad. Vidal's portrait of the president is at once intimate
and monumental, stark and complex, drawn with the wit, grace, and authority of one of the great historical novelists.
   With a new Introduction by the author.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Gore Vidal

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Gore Vidal is the author of many bestselling novels including Julian, Burr, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln. He lives in Italy.
 
Published April 13, 2011 by Vintage. 673 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

LincolnBy Gore Vidal In writing a novel about Lincoln, author Gore Vidal -- famed crafter of fiction and histories alike -- sought to debunk what he viewed as a simplified view of Lincoln as the folksy, prototypical Good Samaritan offering sage wisdom from the front of pennies.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Sherwood's Lincoln is pretty much that of Carl Sandburg, whose two-volume biography of Lincoln shaped the popular view of the president for midcentury America (and won its own Pulitzer).

Oct 03 2011 | Read Full Review of Lincoln: A Novel (Vintage Int...

The New York Review of Books

Recently in The New York Times Herbert Mitgang took me to task, indirectly, when he wrote: “several revisionist academics have advanced the incredible theory that Lincoln really wanted the Civil War, with its 600,000 casualties, in order to eclipse the Founding Fathers and insure his own place i...

Apr 28 1988 | Read Full Review of Lincoln: A Novel (Vintage Int...

The New York Review of Books

But although he no longer holds to his views on Lincoln and the blacks as presented in The Lincoln Nobody Knows (a book, he’ll be relieved to know, I never took very seriously, largely because of the megalomaniacal title in which he has inserted himself), he does find, as do I, disconcerting the ...

Aug 18 1988 | Read Full Review of Lincoln: A Novel (Vintage Int...

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