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21 November 2013

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William R. Cumming

Perhaps why Carl Sandberg's Lincoln still resonates.

Farmer Don

Not only Lincoln, but that time in general. Read the notes of ordinary civil war soldiers writing home, or General Grant's writing and you will be impressed by how these people used the written word.

"Lincoln’s ideas about Christianity were so unusual that as associate of his burned them in a stove"
Wow! This is the first time I've read this assertion. Where does it come from?

Bill H

Informative and very well written piece. Thank you.

William Fitzgerald

A marvelous essay, Mr. Sale. I've always been a bit skeptical about the notion that reading Shakespeare and the King James were chiefly, if not entirely, responsible for Lincoln's wonderful ability with the English language. (That skepticism, though, may simply be remarkable 20 20 hindsight.)

As for Sandburg, I have the complete set and have yet to open the 1st volume. I should get to it before I run out of time.

WPFIII

William Fitzgerald

I would add, echoing F.D., that people of that time were more facile with the language .

WPFIII

William R. Cumming

N.B. Sandberg was primarily a poet not a professional historian!

Trent

Thanks for this. I admire Barzun's The Use and Abuse of Art.

Bob Bernard

Not specifically related to Lincoln, but this infographic re the WBS is interesting.

http://visual.ly/american-civil-war?utm_campaign=website&utm_source=sendgrid.com&utm_medium=email

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