I MARY by Ruth Painter Randall


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A highly sympathetic portrait of Abraham Lincoln's wife, the adoring and fear-ridden Mary Todd. Written by the author of several adult books on Lincoln, including two on Mary Lincoln, this biography takes cognizance of Mary's instability, but for the most part tends to give as sanguine as possible a view of its subject, as romantic a portrayal of her marriage. Written against the background of Lincoln's career, I Mary takes as its primary concern the ardent, affectionate and extravagant first lady, finding wherever possible dire circumstances to justify her often erratic behavior. Somewhat sentimental, this book will appeal to those readers of history whose first concern is romance.

Pub Date: July 15th, 1959
Publisher: Little Brown