"Lincoln's Humor" and Other Essays
"If I did not laugh occasionally I should die," Lincoln is said to have told his cabinet, "and you need this medicine as much as I do." Now in paperback, this volume gathers the best unpublished and uncollected work on Lincoln by Benjamin P. Thomas, widely regarded as the greatest Lincoln historian of his generation. This diverse collection is enhanced by an introduction by Michael Burlingame, himself a leading biographer of Lincoln, who provides a balanced portrait of Thomas and his circuitous path toward writing history.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 139.7 x 218.4 x 25.4mm | 408.24g
- 27 Apr 2006
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
"Here you'll get tall tales and clever barbs Lincoln shot at political opponents. You'll see how he used humor to defuse tension, illuminate a point, and put others at ease. And, you'll see him from the eyes of political friends and foes."
About Benjamin Platt Thomas
Benjamin P. Thomas [1902-56] was the author of Abraham Lincoln: A Biography and Lincoln's New Salem. Michael Burlingame is the author of The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln and has edited nine volumes of Lincoln source materials.