The madness of Mary Lincoln
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Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2012.
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Book
Edition
Pbk. ed.
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xiii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Main Library - Adult
973.7092 Eme
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Published
Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 2012.
Edition
Pbk. ed.
Language
English

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-250) and index.
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The Madness of Mary Lincoln is the first examination of Mary Lincoln's mental illness based on the lost letters, and the first new interpretation of the insanity case in twenty years. This compelling story of the purported insanity of one of America's most tragic first ladies provides new and previously unpublished materials, including the psychiatric diagnosis of Mary's mental illness and her lost will. This book reveals Abraham Lincoln's understanding of his wife's mental illness and the degree to which he helped keep her stable. It also traces Mary's life after her husband's assassination, including her severe depression and physical ailments, the harsh public criticism she endured, the Old Clothes Scandal, and the death of her son Tad. -- from publisher's description.

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