Saturday, May 12, 2007

a human Lincoln

I'm currently reading Joshua Shenk's Lincoln's Melancholy, a fascinating account of the depressive periods our 16th president often experienced. I'll talk about it more fully once I complete the book, but for now I want to mention some things I hadn't known about Lincoln before.
  • He proposed to several women - and was rejected - before marrying Mary Todd
  • He loved to tell stories and jokes, particularly "dirty" ones
  • He enjoyed reading poetry that focused on death and loss
  • He liked popcorn and oysters

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