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Title:
Abraham Lincoln : twentieth century popular portrayals
Author:
Thompson, Frank T., 1952-
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Publication Information:
Dallas, Tex. : Taylor Pub., [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780878332410
Format :
Book

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Frank Thompson analyzes the dramatic performances, including films, television, and plays , that have shaped our understanding of Lincoln as a man and a president.


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A noted film historian analyzes twentieth-century theatrical and film interpretations of Abraham Lincoln. According to Thompson, Lincoln was initially portrayed with reverence by both stage and movie actors. However, as the century progressed, dramatic representations of the sixteenth president became increasingly more complex, reflecting the evolving historical and cultural biases of each succeeding generation. Interestingly enough, it was not until the advent of television that Lincoln was allowed to emerge fully from the shadows of his deep-rooted myth, and an abundance of made-for-TV films and biographies have depicted him in a more fallible and human fashion than had earlier treatments. Film students will welcome the inclusion of a comprehensive Lincoln filmography, and Lincoln scholars will appreciate the merger of popular culture and history. --Margaret Flanagan