Lincoln (novel)


Lincoln (novel)

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name = Lincoln
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author = Gore Vidal
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country = United States
language = English
series = Narratives of Empire
genre = Historical novel
publisher = Vintage
release_date = 1984
english_release_date = 1984
media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
pages = 672 pp
isbn = ISBN 0375708766
preceded_by = Burr
followed_by = 1876

"Lincoln" is the second historical novel in the Narratives of Empire series by Gore Vidal, published in 1984.

Set during the American Civil War, the novel describes the presidency of Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of several historical figures, including presidential secretary John Hay, First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, Secretary of State William H. Seward, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon Chase, his daughter Kate Chase, U.S. Representative Elihu B. Washburne, and conspirators John Wilkes Booth and David Herold.

The novel's emphasis is on the President's political and personal struggles, and not the battles of the Civil War. Though Lincoln is the focus, the book is never narrated from his point of view. However, one gets an insight into his presidency and gets to see just how his mind works. Through thick and thin, Lincoln proves how exceptional he really is and how his death impacted many.

" Lincoln", a made-for-TV film based on the novel, first aired in 1988. It stars Sam Waterston as Lincoln and Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Todd Lincoln.


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