The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death

The Black Heavens: Abraham Lincoln and Death Author Brian R. Dirck
Isbn 9780809337026
File size 15MB
Year 2019
Pages 240
Language English
File format PDF
Category Biography

Book Description:

“‘Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs / Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes / Write sorrow on the bosom of the earth.’ Lincoln appreciated Death as Shakespeare had written it—as a tragic sorrow—and by the end of his life (in speeches at Gettysburg and upon his Second Inaugural), Lincoln spoke the poetics of Death as well as the old bard. But as Brian R. Dirck reveals in this compact, powerful, insightful book, Lincoln also knew Death Irredeemable, the unleavened agonies of watching a mother groan and croak until you drag her up a hill and bury her in ‘as unpoetical’ a place ‘as any spot of the earth.’ The Black Heavens reveals the face of Death as Lincoln’s generation really knew it. Spare and unsparing, this book is a gem.”—Stephen Berry, author of House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, a Family Divided by War

 

 

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