The Biography of a Writer
by Fred Kaplan
When I visited Lincoln's home in Springfield, Illinois a couple years ago I started reading Lincoln biographies. I wanted to know how a man ,from such humble beginnings, taught himself to become one of the greatest speech writer in American history.
Among the thousands and thousands of such biographies, a new one emerges that examines Lincoln's writing in the perfect way- through what he read.
I have to admit that I had a hard time getting through this book only because I am such a simpleton. Professor Kaplan's writing is painstakingly thorough and deep. Nonetheless I enjoyed it tremendously. It is a fascinating journey through the life of a self taught writer.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln.