The Rhetoric of Lincoln's Letters, Paperback / softback Book

The Rhetoric of Lincoln's Letters Paperback / softback


Although citing individual letters for biographical and critical purposes, Lincoln's letters have not been studied as a whole.

But careful study of his letters reveals that studying Lincoln's letter writing is fundamental to understanding his development as a writer of memorable prose.

Early, he employed Hugh Blair's popular idea of developing ""taste"" in written documents, while he later carefully studied the letters of his contemporaries, and using ""imitation""as a guide, he learned to write, ultimately composing well over 5000 letters.

Lincoln's letter writing began in his youth in rural Indiana, developed further in his early life as a lawyer and nascent politician, and finally concluded in his letters to his cabinet.

As he became more proficient as a writer, Lincoln gradually employed more sophisticated rhetorical strategies.

While not necessarily focusing on his most memorable letters, the focus is on his developing effective rhetorical strategies to meet a variety of situations.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 277 pages, 15 photographs
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
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  • Category: Diaries, letters & journals
  • ISBN: 9780786463206

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