- vii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Contents: The need to study Lincoln's letters -- The letter as genre -- Influences on Lincoln's writing style -- Early letters -- Letters to his generals -- The logician -- The problem of clemency -- The love letters -- Letters to his cabinet -- Conclusions.Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-208) and index.Summary: "Lincoln's letters have been cited in countless biographical and critical works yet have received little scholarly attention. This comprehensive study reveals his letters as fundamental to understanding his development as a writer. He wrote more than 5,000 of his own. He employed more sophisticated rhetorical strategies to deal with political opponents, imperious generals and critics of his policies"--Provided by publisher.