The Mary Lincoln Enigma

By Frank J. Williams (editor), Michael Burkhimer (editor),

Book cover of The Mary Lincoln Enigma: Historians on America's Most Controversial First Lady

Book description

Mary Lincoln is a lightning rod for controversy. Stories reveal widely different interpretations, and it is impossible to write a definitive version of her life that will suit everyone. The thirteen engaging essays in this collection introduce Mary Lincoln's complex nature and show how she is viewed today. The authors'…

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1 author picked The Mary Lincoln Enigma as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This collection of essays focuses on a variety of topics, including Mary's relationships, her siblings, her life at the only home she and her husband owned together, her travels, her fashion sense, her psyche, her depiction in photographs and illustrations, and her portrayal in fiction. Although these essays are relatively short, they're crammed full of interesting details. You can read the book straight through or (as I prefer) dip in and out of it at your leisure.

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