Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History

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"Fascinating... an astonishingly interesting interpretation... Fox [can be] wonderfully shrewd and often dazzling." -- Jill Lepore "One of our foremost cultural historians, Richard Wightman Fox, has added a new dimension to our understanding of Lincoln's place in American culture. Ranging over memorials, speeches, Hollywood movies, public demonstrations, and many other sources, he charts the ways Americans have remembered and imagined Lincoln and what the ups and downs of historical memory tell us about ourselves." -- Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery "In death, Abraham Lincoln, who never joined a church, proceeded from martyrdom to culthood to sainthood. In Lincoln's Body the eminent culture historian Richard Wightman Fox offers a dazzling interpretation of how it all happened, filled with fresh ideas about our greatest president's legacy." -- Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln "In his sweeping discussion of Lincoln's physical body (how people viewed it during his lifetime or interpreted it after his death), Richard Wightman Fox deftly traces the high-stakes cultural battle-waged in poetry, prose, art, and film-over the meaning of Lincoln, man and myth, from his day to our own." -- Brenda Wineapple, author of Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 "Richard Wightman Fox has ingeniously portrayed the physical body of Abraham Lincoln, living and dead, in his own time and in memory, as a vehicle for evaluating Lincoln's continuing impact on American culture." -- James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom "With subtle analysis and supple writing, preeminent cultural historian Richard Wightman Fox is especially insightful on the African-American experiences of Lincoln. Readers will sense from the first page that this is a book they will want to linger over in their delight." -- Ronald C. White Jr., author of A. Lincoln: A Biography "It might be logical to think that there is nothing more to say about Abraham Lincoln. Richard Wightman Fox's elegant, fascinating, and moving book shows how wrong that is. With prodigious scholarship and beautiful prose, he makes clear why and how Lincoln is alive to every generation of Americans." -- E. J. Dionne Jr., author of Our Divided Political Heart

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"One of our foremost cultural historians, Richard Wightman Fox, has added a new dimension to our understanding of Lincoln's place in American culture. Ranging over memorials, speeches, Hollywood movies, public demonstrations, and many other sources, he charts the ways Americans have remembered and imagined Lincoln and what the ups and downs of historical memory tell us about ourselves." -- Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery "In death, Abraham Lincoln, who never joined a church, proceeded from martyrdom to culthood to sainthood. In Lincoln's Body the eminent culture historian Richard Wightman Fox offers a dazzling interpretation of how it all happened, filled with fresh ideas about our greatest president's legacy." -- Sean Wilentz, author of The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln "In his sweeping discussion of Lincoln's physical body (how people viewed it during his lifetime or interpreted it after his death), Richard Wightman Fox deftly traces the high-stakes cultural battle-waged in poetry, prose, art, and film-over the meaning of Lincoln, man and myth, from his day to our own." -- Brenda Wineapple, author of Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 "Richard Wightman Fox has ingeniously portrayed the physical body of Abraham Lincoln, living and dead, in his own time and in memory, as a vehicle for evaluating Lincoln's continuing impact on American culture." -- James M. McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom "With subtle analysis and supple writing, preeminent cultural historian Richard Wightman Fox is especially insightful on the African-American experiences of Lincoln. Readers will sense from the first page that this is a book they will want to linger over in their delight." -- Ronald C. White Jr., author of A. Lincoln: A Biography "It might be logical to think that there is nothing more to say about Abraham Lincoln. Richard Wightman Fox's elegant, fascinating, and moving book shows how wrong that is. With prodigious scholarship and beautiful prose, he makes clear why and how Lincoln is alive to every generation of Americans." -- E. J. Dionne Jr., author of Our Divided Political Heart

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