Mrs. Lincoln : a life / Catherine Clinton

Author(s): Clinton, Catherine, 1952-
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Subjects: Presidents' spouses--United States--Biography
Lincoln, Mary Todd, 1818-1882
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Family
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: New York, NY : Harper, c2009
LC Classification: E
Physical Description: viii, 415 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Table of Contents: Introduction
1. Kentucky Homes
2. Making Her Own Hoops to Jump Through
3. Athens of the West
4. "Crimes of Matrimony"
5. "Profound Wonders"
6. Playing for Keeps
7. Enlarging Our Borders
8. Hope That All Will Yet Be Well
9. Dashed Hopes
10. Grand Designs Gone Awry
11. Struggling Against Sorrows
12. Gloomy Anniversaries
13. Divided Houses
14. With Victory in View
15. Waking Nightmares
16. Widow of the Martyr President
17. Rising from the Ashes
18. Smoldering Embers
List of Illustrations
Notes: ISBN: 9780060760403
ISBN: 0060760400
Includes bibliographical references (p. 387-394) and index
Summary: Historian Catherine Clinton draws on important new research to illuminate the remarkable life of Mary Lincoln. Her story is inextricably tied with her husband's presidency, yet her life is an extraordinary chronicle on its own. From an aristocratic Kentucky family, she was an educated, well-connected Southern daughter, and when she married a Springfield lawyer she became a Northern wife--an experience mirrored by thousands of her countrywomen. The Lincolns endured many personal setbacks, including the death of a child and defeats in two Senate races. Mrs. Lincoln herself suffered scorching press attacks. The assassination of her husband haunted her for the rest of her life. Her downward spiral resulted in a brief but traumatizing involuntary incarceration in an asylum and exile in Europe during her later years. One of the most tragic and mysterious of nineteenth-century figures, Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America.--From publisher description
Contents: Kentucky homes -- Making her own hoops to jump through -- Athens of the West -- "Crimes of matrimony" -- "Profound wonders" -- Playing for keeps -- Enlarging our borders -- Hope that all will yet be well -- Dashed hopes -- Grand designs gone awry -- Struggling against sorrows -- Gloomy anniversaries -- Divided houses -- With victory in view -- Waking nightmares -- Widow of the martyr president -- Rising from the ashes -- Smoldering embers
OCLC Number: 294847555
ISBN/ISSN: 9780060760403