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Encounters with Lincoln: Images and Words Paperback – October 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1931112512 ISBN-10: 1931112517 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Truman State University Press; First Edition edition (October 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931112517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931112512
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,079,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"Thomas Trimborn’s pictures beautifully reflect many of the moods and character traits that made Abraham Lincoln unique, and that few artists have dared to imagine. He has captured Lincoln moving beyond the constraints of photographic models and uses his own knowledge and appreciation to fill in the blanks." —Harold Holzer, Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Thomas J. Trimborn’s Encounters with Lincoln is not only a work of art that is both sensitive and attractive, but a penetrating description of the man Lincoln. It is an outstanding contribution to the study of Abraham Lincoln and should find its way into every library—including our schools." —Frank J. Williams, The Lincoln Forum

About the Author

Thomas J. Trimborn received his BFA and MM degrees in music education and conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his PhD in music education from Northwestern University. He has more than thirty years of teaching experience at all levels of education and is currently director of the Master of Arts in Education's music program at Truman State University. Trimborn has written numerous journal articles and provided illustrations for more than forty magazine covers.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Hanley on February 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Lincoln's image is familiar to virtually all Americans. Yet our easy cultural access to the face so closely identified with the American pursuit of freedom and equality also carries its own limitations. Our photographic record of Lincoln does not begin until the late 1840s, and that legacy often seems to mask as much as it discloses. Historians have lately become more intrigued with Lincoln's darker side, portraying him as moody, unhappy, hamstrung by depression, even suicidal. Any serious scholar of Lincoln knows the sources that can lend support to such inquiries. As is often the case, however, historians committed to deconstructing Lincoln's character become preoccupied with fragments that poorly represent the whole of his humanity, the reflective depth of his spirituality, and the playful yet sophisticated nature of his intellect. In this wonderful volume, Thomas J. Trimborn explores the many sides of Lincoln's character and thankfully never loses sight of the whole. His images--at once haunting, amusing,and inspiring--take us beyond the familiar photographic record and give us a chance to better understand why the nation's sixteenth president is placed at or near the top of nearly any presidential ranking one cares to examine. Trimborn's nimble prose provides fascinating context for his work, but the book is clearly about the art. Make no mistake, this is a frank celebration of Lincoln as author of our modern conceptions of freedom and democracy, but it is a celebration that in the end convinces us that Lincoln deserves every bit of the praise that issues from Trimborn's insightful progression of character studies. Most importantly, the artist presents us not with otherworldly iconography, but a human being whose greatness stemmed from a clear sense of his own limitations.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Myron Marty on June 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Encounters with Lincoln" is a book for all ages about a man for all ages. It captures the image of Abraham Lincoln in different stages of his life, in a range of settings, and with a variety of media, including colored pencil, watercolor, pen and ink, scratchboard, tempera, and graphite pencil.

Encounters with works of art, Thomas Trimborn writes, are uniquely personal. They invite responses from those who experience them. That is particularly true of the images in this book. About twenty offer face-to-face encounters with Lincoln--the young man, the steadfast man (shown in five merged images), the thinker, the melancholy man, the humorous man, the determined man, the eloquent man, the reader, the speaker, the wearer of spectacles, the recipient of tributes. One image, titled "His Eyes Say It All," prompts readers to turn to earlier pages to look again at those transfixing eyes. Trimborn also presents images of persons whose encounters with Lincoln through the years have shaped our perception of the great and complex man, such as Frederick Douglas, Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Mahalia Jackson, Martin Luther King, and John F. Kennedy.

Thomas Trimborn is by profession a musician and music educator at Truman State University, but he is obviously not confined by his discipline or by the walls of his university. To accompany his excellent artwork, Trimborn has crafted a compelling and historically accurate narrative. "Encounters with Lincoln" makes an excellent gift, as my brother-in-law and his grandson, to whom I gave a copy, attest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy McGlynn on June 15, 2006
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The drawings in this book are simply breathtaking in their detail. These lifelike images reflect the human side of a man we only see in formal portraits.

Do yourself a favor and listen to Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" as you gaze at these beautiful illustrations. It's a moving experience.
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