From Library Journal
Reviewing the writings of Lincoln scholars Albert Beveridge, William Barton, Carl Sandburg, and James G. Randall, Walsh revives the story of Ann Rutledge and the role she played in Lincoln's formative years. Reexamination of the William Herndon papers by historians John Y. Simon and Douglas Wilson have led to renewed interest in Rutledge and her alleged affair with Lincoln. Walsh continues the search, giving credit to New Salem residents who knew Lincoln and Rutledge and attested to the special loving relationship between the two young people. No longer a myth, Rutledge clearly deserves a place in the study of Lincoln's life. Recommended for lay readers and for libraries that want a new addition on their shelf of Lincoln books.- Patricia Owens, Wabash Valley Coll., Mt. Carmel, Ill.
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"The most detailed study of the Abraham Lincoln-Ann Rutledge relationship yet written. Carefully researched and convincingly argued, it should set to rest once and for all the widespread misconception that Lincoln's first love affair was a myth or that the sudden death of Ann Rutledge was an incident of little importance in his early life." Douglas Wilson, co-editor of an edition of Herdon's Informants: Letters, Interviews, and Statements about Abraham Lincoln "The Shadows Rise documents his periods of depression. Walsh recreates Lincoln's affair with Ann Rutledge, his first love. His moods seem to have been particularly severe after her death - though Walsh concludes that Rutledge died from typhoid, not, as was long supposed, the mortification of being torn between two men whose hands she had accepted."-Jurek Martin, Financial Times, 31st Jan 2009
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