A New Birth of Freedom

Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
Introduced by Fred Kaplan

Compiled by award-winning biographer Fred Kaplan, this collection, unique to Folio, brings together the best of Abraham Lincoln’s speeches, letters and articles to give the reader intimate insight into the particular nature of his political and literary genius.

In his Gettysburg Address, Lincoln declared that ‘the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here’. That same speech became a foundation stone of American history, literature and culture – as well known as the Declaration of Independence itself. Meanwhile, through Lincoln’s private letters and numerous other speeches, we gain a multi-faceted picture of a powerful mind, a pivotal era in world history and a moral force for justice and compassion that has rarely been equalled.

This new selection brings together the best of what Lincoln thought and said. These speeches, letters and articles convey the development of Lincoln’s career and the particular nature of his political and literary genius. Presented in chronological order, they are grouped according to key periods in Lincoln’s life, with introductory commentaries by the award-winning biographer Professor Fred Kaplan. A general introduction, detailed chronology, dramatis personae and map of the United States in 1861 illuminate their significance.

‘As a writer, as a politician, and as national leader in a time of crisis, he embraced tolerance for human flaws and patient acceptance of how slowly change occurs’ 
  1. Fred Kaplan

Quarter-bound in metallic buckram with printed Modigliani paper sides

Set in Dante

552 pages

Frontispiece and 33 pages of colour and black & white plates

Plain slipcase

10˝ × 6¾˝

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