I think I should clarify something about this topic. Pretty much everyone
knew about Lincoln's raft trips -- as they knew about him as a "rail
splitter," or they knew that he grew up in southern Indiana, or lost his
mother Nancy Hanks, etc. Just like everyone reading this knows that Reagan
was a football announcer on the radio and went to Hollywood to star in
movies; or that Clinton grew up in rural Ark. with a single Mom, that he
"did not inhale," and that he shook the hand of Jack Kennedy; or that
Barack Obama had a white mother and and a Kenyan father, spent time in
Indonesia and Hawaii, and that he was a grassroots organizer in Chicago;
etc., etc. It was not necessary to read a book as a source for any of
these details; they are just sort of in the water of presidential
Twain would NOT have needed to "read a book" to know that AL took raft
trips down the Mighty Mississippi.
On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 10:40 PM, Arianne <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Thanks Barbara. I really appreciate your knowledgeable tips!
> Chances are Mark Twain read Howell's work, for sure, and Lincoln's raft
> trip might have been mentionied in it, too. I'll check your archive link.
> Arianne Laidlaw
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 3:13 PM, Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
> > I don't think the fact that William Dean Howells wrote an 1860 campaign
> > biography _Life of Abraham Lincoln_ should be overlooked. This book is
> > listed in Gribben's _Mark Twain's Library: A Reconstruction_. However
> in a
> > letter dated 5 Aug. 1876, Howells reminded Clemens: "You know I wrote the
> > Life of Lincoln which elected him." The text of Howell's book is also
> > available online at archive.org.
> > Barb
> Arianne Laidlaw A '58
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