Lincoln’s Lover: Mary Lincoln in Poetry is a compilation of poetry written by, for, and about Mary Lincoln dating from 1839 to 2012. Each poem is prefaced with brief explanations contextualizing the historical events of Mary’s life as portrayed in the poem, as well as an explanation of the poem and the poet who wrote it. Presented chronologically, the works offer a view of the changing perceptions of Mary Lincoln through the years. The poems show Mary as woman, wife, First Lady, and widow, as well as insane woman, complex individual, and intricate and indispensable part of her husband.
A combination of poetry, history, and biography, Lincoln’s Lover is a unique book that allows readers to experience Mary Lincoln’s words, thoughts, experiences, and legacy as explained and exposed through poetry over the past 170 years.
NOTEWORTHY Jason contributed an essay to the fantastic book, Gettysburg Replies: The World Responds to Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Check it out on amazon.com. NOTEWORTHY Jason contributed an essay to the fascinating book, Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Check it out on amazon.com.
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Jason Emerson is an independent historian and journalist living near Syracuse, NY.
He is the author or editor of seven books about Abraham Lincoln and his family, has published numerous articles and book reviews in both scholarly and popular publications, and appeared on Book TV, American History TV and The History Channel.
He has worked as a National Park Service park ranger at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Gettysburg National Military Park, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (the Arch) in St. Louis; a costumed interpreter at the Genesee Country Museum in Mumford, NY, a professional journalist, and a freelance writer.