By Thomas Keneally
The fitting concise biography of an American icon- now to be had in paperback for the bicentennial of his birth
The self -mad e guy from a log cabin, the nice orator, the Emancipator, the Savior of the Union, the martyr-Lincoln's tale is on the very center of yank background. yet who was once he, particularly? during this remarkable biography, award-winning writer Thomas Keneally follows Lincoln from his impoverished start via his schooling and presidency. From the advance of his political philosophy to his bothered relations lifestyles and his activities throughout the Civil battle, Abraham Lincoln is an incisive learn of a turning element in our historical past and a revealing portrait of a pivotal figure.
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Facing north, as befits an artist's studio; Halpert could have his choice of the other three rooms, east, west did not occur to me and south. He ar- and canvas, ac- that he might have a preference. rived the following weekend, carrying paints It 3i companied by another man, lanky, sandy-haired and bespectacled, whom he introduced to me as a poet who might take one of the rooms. Halpert took another room that had the second bed, but suggested that my room should be used as a common studio, moved my it being the largest.
Once, while sitting for me wearing a dressing gown, I asked her to slip it down from her shoulders so that I might include her bosom. If the rest of her was as lovely as her face, it would make a stunning picture. She refused, although pleased with my compliments. I continued life-class less my trips to the Ferrer school, often. but attended the There were always new faces, people dropping in out of curiosity or in sympathy with liberal ideas. met new writers and painters; we sat in the cafe and talked.
I had been smoking I a pipe, but soon switched to cigars to follow example. This was not an extravagance, my my companion's salary was about double of what five cents. I had earned before, and a decent cigar cost Sometimes, after the day's work, my new friend and remained in the quarter, the most interesting of New York, its theaters, movies, and big hotels. We would have a snack and take in a movie. One evening we passed a theater that was playing a musical comedy, The Chocolate Soldier, based on Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man.
Abraham Lincoln: A Life by Thomas Keneally