Press Release: Lincoln

Abraham LincolnCommemorating the 150th anniversary
of Lincoln’s assassination

A New Birth of Freedom:
Selected Writings of Abraham Lincoln

The brilliance of Lincoln’s letters, articles and speeches in a newly published, illustrated Anniversary Edition

The Folio Society publishes a new selection of Abraham Lincoln’s writings to mark the 150th anniversary of his assassination in April 1865. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Award finalist Professor Fred Kaplan has gathered together Lincoln’s most celebrated thoughts and words along with many less well-known examples of his oratorical and literary genius. Kaplan also introduces the volume and provides a thoughtful commentary for each chapter.

Abraham LincolnThrough Lincoln’s private letters and numerous other speeches, we gain a multi-faceted picture of a powerful mind that guided the young nation through a traumatic and pivotal era in its history. Lincoln emerges as a moral force for justice and compassion that has rarely been equalled in American, or indeed global, political life. His writings also reveal a dry humour and self-deprecating wit, perfectly balanced with impassioned flights of rhetorical brilliance. Presented in chronological order, grouped by key periods in Lincoln’s life, these speeches, letters and articles show the development of his career and the particular nature of his outstanding political and literary talents. Additional features include a detailed chronology, dramatis personae and a map of the United States in 1861.

Abraham Lincoln

Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry. Photograph by William Morris Smith, 1863–6. (Library of Congress)

The Folio Society’s award-winning picture researchers have collected a superb group of images that bring to life Lincoln and his times. These include photographs that capture intimate glimpses of Lincoln’s family life, as well as era-defining historical moments and movements. One depicts one of the first federal black regiments, created following Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 – ‘all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state . . . shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free’.

Product information
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. 10˝ x 6¾˝.

UK £49.95 US $89.95 Can/Aus $99.95



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