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"The Madness of Mary Lincoln"

♥ Book Title : The Madness of Mary Lincoln
♣ Name Author : Jason Emerson
∞ Launching : 2007-09-25
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780809387557
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0809387557
⊕ Number Pages : Total 272 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "In 2005, historian Jason Emerson discovered a steamer trunk formerly owned by Robert Todd Lincoln's lawyer and stowed in an attic for forty years. The trunk contained a rare find: twenty-five letters pertaining to Mary Todd Lincoln's life and insanity case, letters assumed long destroyed by the Lincoln family. Mary wrote twenty of the letters herself, more than half from the insane asylum to which her son Robert had her committed, and many in the months and years after. The Madness of Mary Lincoln is the first examination of Mary Lincoln’s mental illness based on the lost letters, and the first new interpretation of the insanity case in twenty years. This compelling story of the purported insanity of one of America’s most tragic first ladies provides new and previously unpublished materials, including the psychiatric diagnosis of Mary’s mental illness and her lost will. Emerson charts Mary Lincoln’s mental illness throughout her life and describes how a predisposition to psychiatric illness and a life of mental and emotional trauma led to her commitment to the asylum. The first to state unequivocally that Mary Lincoln suffered from bipolar disorder, Emerson offers a psychiatric perspective on the insanity case based on consultations with psychiatrist experts. This book reveals Abraham Lincoln’s understanding of his wife’s mental illness and the degree to which he helped keep her stable. It also traces Mary’s life after her husband’s assassination, including her severe depression and physical ailments, the harsh public criticism she endured, the Old Clothes Scandal, and the death of her son Tad. The Madness of Mary Lincoln is the story not only of Mary, but also of Robert. It details how he dealt with his mother’s increasing irrationality and why it embarrassed his Victorian sensibilities; it explains the reasons he had his mother committed, his response to her suicide attempt, and her plot to murder him. It also shows why and how he ultimately agreed to her release from the asylum eight months early, and what their relationship was like until Mary’s death. This historical page-turner provides readers for the first time with the lost letters that historians had been in search of for eighty years. Univeristy Press Books for Public and Secondary Schools 2013 edition"Article| Jason Emerson| Statement ..."

"The Madness of Mary Lincoln"

♥ Book Title : The Madness of Mary Lincoln
♣ Name Author : Jason Emerson
∞ Launching : 2007-09-25
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0809327716
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780809327713
⊕ Number Pages : Total 255 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : ""The Madness of Mary Lincoln is the story not only of Mary, but also of Robert. It details how he dealt with his mother's increasing irrationality and why it embarrassed his Victorian sensibilities; it explains the reasons he had his mother committed, his response to her suicide attempt, and her plot to murder him. It also shows why and how he ultimately agreed to her release from the asylum eight months early, and what their relationship was like until Mary's death."--BOOK JACKET."Article| Jason Emerson| Statement ..."

"The Madness of Mary Lincoln"

♥ Book Title : The Madness of Mary Lincoln
♣ Name Author : Jason Emerson
∞ Launching : 2007-09-25
◊ Info ISBN Link : UOM:39015066902761
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⊕ Number Pages : Total 255 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : ""The Madness of Mary Lincoln is the story not only of Mary, but also of Robert. It details how he dealt with his mother's increasing irrationality and why it embarrassed his Victorian sensibilities; it explains the reasons he had his mother committed, his response to her suicide attempt, and her plot to murder him. It also shows why and how he ultimately agreed to her release from the asylum eight months early, and what their relationship was like until Mary's death."--BOOK JACKET."Article| Jason Emerson| Statement ..."

"Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case"

♥ Book Title : Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case
♣ Name Author : Jason Emerson
∞ Launching : 2012-08-20
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780252037078
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0252037073
⊕ Number Pages : Total 237 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "In 1875 Mary Lincoln, the widow of a revered president, was committed to an insane asylum by her son, Robert. The trial that preceded her internment was a subject of keen national interest. The focus of public attention since Abraham Lincoln's election in 1860, Mary Lincoln had attracted plentiful criticism and visible scorn from much of the public, who perceived her as spoiled, a spendthrift, and even too much of a Southern sympathizer. Widespread scrutiny only increased following her husband's assassination in 1865 and her son Tad's death six years later, after which her overwhelming grief led to the increasingly erratic behavior that led to her being committed to a sanitarium. A second trial a year later resulted in her release, but the stigma of insanity stuck. In the years since, questions emerged with new force, as the populace and historians debated whether she had been truly insane and subsequently cured, or if she was the victim of family maneuvering. In this volume, noted Lincoln scholar Jason Emerson provides a documentary history of Mary Lincoln's mental illness and insanity case, evenhandedly presenting every possible primary source on the subject to enable a clearer view of the facts. Beginning with documents from the immediate aftermath of her husband's assassination and ending with reminiscences by friends and family in the mid-twentieth century, Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case: A Documentary History compiles more than one hundred letters, dozens of newspaper articles, editorials, and legal documents, and the daily patient progress reports from Bellevue Place Sanitarium during Mary Lincoln's incarceration. Including many materials that have never been previously published, Emerson also collects multiple reminiscences, interviews, and diaries of people who knew Mary Lincoln or were involved in the case, including the first-hand recollection of one of the jurors in the 1875 insanity trial. Suggesting neither accusation nor exoneration of the embattled First Lady, Mary Lincoln's Insanity Case: A Documentary History gives scholars and history enthusiasts incomparable access to the documents and information crucial to understanding this vexing chapter in American history."Article| Jason Emerson| Statement ..."

"Mary Lincoln for the Ages"

♥ Book Title : Mary Lincoln for the Ages
♣ Name Author : Jason Emerson
∞ Launching : 2018-08-30
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780809336753
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0809336758
⊕ Number Pages : Total 224 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "In this sweeping analytical bibliography, Jason Emerson goes beyond the few sources usually employed to contextualize Mary Lincoln's life and thoroughly reexamines nearly every word ever written about her. In doing so, this book becomes the prime authority on Mary Lincoln, points researchers to key underused sources, reveals how views about her have evolved over the years, and sets the stage for new questions and debates about the themes and controversies that have defined her legacy. Mary Lincoln for the Ages first articulates how reliance on limited sources has greatly restricted our understanding of the subject, evaluating their flaws and benefits and pointing out the shallowness of using the same texts to study her life. Emerson then presents more than four hundred bibliographical entries of nonfiction books and pamphlets, scholarly and popular articles, journalism, literature, and juvenilia. More than just listings of titles and publication dates, each entry includes Emerson's deft analysis of these additional works on Mary Lincoln that should be used--but rarely have been--to better understand who she was during her life and why we see her as we do. The volume also includes rarely used illustrations, including some that have never before appeared in print. A roadmap for a firmer, more complete grasp of Mary Lincoln's place in the historical record, this is the first and only extensive, analytical bibliography of the subject. In highlighting hundreds of overlooked sources, Emerson changes the paradigm of Mary Lincoln's legacy."Article| Jason Emerson| Statement ..."

"Giant in the Shadows"

♥ Book Title : Giant in the Shadows
♣ Name Author : Jason Emerson
∞ Launching : 2012-03-27
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780809330553
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0809330555
⊕ Number Pages : Total 600 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Looks at the life and career accomplishments of the prominent lawyer, businessman, statesman, and last surviving son of Abraham Lincoln, as well as his complex relationship with his famous parents."Article| Jason Emerson| Statement ..."

"Mrs. Abraham Lincoln"

♥ Book Title : Mrs. Abraham Lincoln
♣ Name Author : W. A. Evans
∞ Launching : 2010-02-15
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780809329717
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0809329719
⊕ Number Pages : Total 364 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "First published in 1932, this was the first thoroughly researched biography of Mary Lincoln ever written, and it remains the most balanced and complete work on this controversial First Lady. Author W. A. Evans challenges the disparaging views of Mary Lincoln that were generally accepted at the time, offering a comprehensive and informed look at a woman whose physical and mental health problems have often been misconstrued or overlooked by other biographers. Evans conducted extensive research, interviewing Mrs. Lincoln’s family members, seeking advice and assistance from numerous Lincoln scholars and historians, scouring thousands of pages of contemporary newspapers and primary resources, reviewing correspondence Mary wrote during her stay at Bellevue Place sanitarium, and consulting with several medical experts. The result of all this research is an objective and detailed portrait of Mrs. Lincoln and her influence on her husband that still has a great deal of historical value for readers today. A new foreword by Jason Emerson, author of The Madness of Mary Lincoln, provides biographical information on Evans and background on the origins of the book and its reception and influence. Finally back in print, this classic biography is essential reading for all with an interest in the Lincoln family."Article| W. A. Evans| Statement ..."

"Lincoln's Lover"

♥ Book Title : Lincoln's Lover
♣ Name Author : Jason Emerson
∞ Launching : 2018-01-15
◊ Info ISBN Link : 1606353063
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9781606353066
⊕ Number Pages : Total 152 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "In his Poetics, Aristotle said a historian and a poet do not differ from each other--one simply writes in verse and the other in prose. In fact, history and poetry have a long connection; much of what we know about ancient history throughout the world came to us through the centuries and millennia as epic poetry purporting to tell the stories of great men and events. The two genres also create a fascinating juxtaposition when each views one through the lens of the other. To consider the life of a historical person through poetry is both to see that person for who they were and to consider who that person could have, or even should have, been in a more poetically perfect world. Abraham Lincoln and poetry have a long and intimate connection. Lincoln wrote and even published multiple poems, and all of his greatest writings and speeches are themselves outstandingly and inherently poetic. Following Lincoln's death, hundreds of poetic tributes were published in newspapers across the country, and eulogies to the Great Emancipator in verse have continued to be penned ever since. But what about his wife, Mary? She also has a long and intimate connection to verse: she read and wrote poetry, was both ennobled muse and satirical target, and shared a love of the genre that formed a personal connection with her husband. Lincoln's Lover: Mary Lincoln in Poetry is a compilation of poetry written by, for, and about Mary Lincoln dating from 1839 to 2012. Each poem is prefaced with brief explanations contextualizing the historical events of Mary's life as portrayed in the poem, as well as an explanation of the poem and the poet who wrote it. Presented chronologically, the works offer a view of the changing perceptions of Mary Lincoln through the years. The poems show Mary as woman, wife, First Lady, and widow, as well as insane woman, complex individual, and intricate and indispensable part of her husband. A combination of poetry, history, and biography, Lincoln's Lover is a unique book that allows readers to experience Mary Lincoln's words, thoughts, experiences, and legacy as explained and exposed through poetry over the past 170 years."Article| Jason Emerson| Statement ..."

"The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln’s Widow, as Revealed by Her Own Letters"

♥ Book Title : The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln’s Widow, as Revealed by Her Own Letters
♣ Name Author : Myra Helmer Pritchard
∞ Launching : 2011-02-10
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780809386048
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0809386046
⊕ Number Pages : Total 186 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Written in 1927 but barred from timely publication by the Lincoln family, The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln's Widow, as Revealed by Her Own Letters is based on nearly two dozen intimate letters written between Mary Lincoln and her close friend Myra Bradwell mainly during the former's 1875 incarceration in an insane asylum. By the 1920s most accounts of Mrs. Lincoln focused on her negative qualities and dismissed her as "crazy." Bradwell's granddaughter Myra Helmer Pritchard wrote this distinctly sympathetic manuscript at the behest of her mother, who wished to vindicate Mary Lincoln in the public eye by printing the private correspondence. Pritchard fervently defends Mrs. Lincoln's conduct and sanity, arguing that she was not insane but rather the victim of an overzealous son who had his mother committed. The manuscript and letters were thought to have been destroyed, but fortunately the Lincolns' family lawyer stored copies in a trunk, where historian Jason Emerson discovered them in 2005. While leaving the manuscript intact, Emerson has enhanced it with an introduction and detailed annotations. He fills in factual gaps; provides background on names, places, and dates; and analyzes Pritchard's interpretations, making clear where she was right and where her passion to protect Mrs. Lincoln led to less than meticulous research and incorrect conclusions. This volume features an easy-to-follow format that showcases Pritchard's text on the left-hand pages and Emerson's insightful annotations on the right-hand pages. Following one of the most revered and reviled, famous and infamous of the First Ladies, this book provides a unique perspective of Mrs. Lincoln's post-White House years, with an emphasis on her commitment to a sanitarium. Emerson's contributions make this volume a valuable addition to the study of the Lincoln family. This fascinating work gives today's Lincoln enthusiasts the chance to read this intriguing interpretation of the former First Lady that predates nearly every other book written about her."Article| Myra Helmer Pritchard| Statement ..."

"The True Mary Todd Lincoln"

♥ Book Title : The True Mary Todd Lincoln
♣ Name Author : Betty Boles Ellison
∞ Launching : 2014-04-02
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781476615172
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1476615179
⊕ Number Pages : Total 300 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "This new biography provides a startlingly different picture of Mary Lincoln, President Abraham Lincoln’s wife. Preconceived myths about the former first lady are factually disproved. At times her judgment was faulty; in other instances it was brilliant. After her 1861 refurbishing of the Executive Mansion, she made no further furnishings purchases, only replacement items. The furniture she purchased is still in use and the Lincoln bed is well known. Committed to an insane asylum by her only surviving son, she organized, while under constant scrutiny, her friends in a skillfully successful scheme to obtain her freedom and resume control of her life and money. Mary Todd Lincoln had a brilliant mind, a caring heart and an exuberant personality and she was, in every aspect, a true partner to Abraham Lincoln."Article| Betty Boles Ellison| Statement ..."

"Mary Lincoln"

♥ Book Title : Mary Lincoln
♣ Name Author : Carl Sandburg
∞ Launching : 1995-04-01
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781557092489
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1557092486
⊕ Number Pages : Total 164 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "This is a book of rare distinction, a haunting portrait of an enigmatic life, written with a style and sensitivity that is both sympathetic and unflinching."Article| Carl Sandburg| Statement ..."

"Lincoln's Melancholy"

♥ Book Title : Lincoln's Melancholy
♣ Name Author : Joshua Wolf Shenk
∞ Launching : 2006-10-02
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780547526898
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 054752689X
⊕ Number Pages : Total 368 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Drawing on seven years of his own research and the work of other esteemed Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation’s worst crisis in the “coping strategies” he had developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies. With empathy and authority gained from his own experience with depression, Shenk crafts a nuanced, revelatory account of Lincoln and his legacy. Based on careful, intrepid research, Lincoln’s Melancholy unveils a wholly new perspective on how our greatest president brought America through its greatest turmoil. Shenk relates Lincoln’s symptoms, including mood swings and at least two major breakdowns, and offers compelling evidence of the evolution of his disease, from “major depression” in his twenties and thirties to “chronic depression” later on. Shenk reveals the treatments Lincoln endured and his efforts to come to terms with his melancholy, including a poem he published on suicide and his unpublished writings on the value of personal—and national—suffering. By consciously shifting his goal away from personal contentment (which he realized he could not attain) and toward universal justice, Lincoln gained the strength and insight that he, and America, required to transcend profound darkness."Article| Joshua Wolf Shenk| Statement ..."