Bibliography of Abraham Lincoln

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This bibliography of Abraham Lincoln is a comprehensive list of written and published works about or by Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. In terms of primary sources containing Lincoln's letters and writings, scholars rely on The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy Basler, and others,[1] it only includes writings by Lincoln, and omits incoming correspondence. In the six decades since Basler completed his work, some new documents written by Lincoln have been discovered. Previously, a project was underway at the Papers of Abraham Lincoln to provide "a freely accessible comprehensive electronic edition of documents written by and to Abraham Lincoln";[2] the Papers of Abraham Lincoln completed Series I of their project The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln in 2000. They electronically launched The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, Second Edition in 2009,[3] and published a selective print edition of this series.[4] Attempts are still being made to transcribe documents for Series II (non-legal, pre-presidential materials) and Series III (presidential materials).[5]

There have been 16,000 books published on Lincoln—125 on the assassination alone—more than any other American;[6][7] this listing is therefore highly selective and is based on the reviews in the scholarly journals, and recommended readings compiled by scholars.



External video
Booknotes interview with David Herbert Donald on Lincoln, December 24, 1995, C-SPAN[8]
  • Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln (1995) The most useful scholarly biography. excerpt and text search
  • Freehling, William W. (2018-09-25). Becoming Lincoln. University of Virginia Press. ISBN 9780813941578.
  • Gienapp, William E. Abraham Lincoln and Civil War America: A Biography (2002), short bio by scholar, online edition
  • Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln (2005), winner of the Lincoln Prize, basis for Lincoln.
External video
Booknotes interview with Allen Guelzo on Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President, April 16, 2000, C-SPAN[9]
External video
Booknotes interview with Mark Neely on The Last Best Hope of Earth, June 12, 1994, C-SPAN[10]

Specialty topics[edit]

Historiography and memory[edit]

  • Barr, John M. "Holding Up a Flawed Mirror to the American Soul: Abraham Lincoln in the Writings of Lerone Bennett Jr.," Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association 35 (Winter 2014), 43-65.
  • Barr, John M. Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present (LSU Press, 2014).
  • Boritt, Gabor S., ed. The Historian's Lincoln U. of Illinois Press, 1988
  • Bowden, Mark (June 2013). "Abraham Lincoln is an idiot : the difficulty of recognizing excellence in its own time". The Culture File. History. The Atlantic. 311 (5): 40–41.
  • Burkhimer, Michael. One hundred essential Lincoln books (2003), examines the major books
  • Foner, Eric, ed. Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World (2009), essays by scholars excerpt and text search
  • Holt, Michael F. "Lincoln Reconsidered." Journal of American History 96.2 (2009): 451-455. online
  • Holzer, Harold and Craig L. Symonds, eds. Exploring Lincoln: Great Historians Reappraise Our Greatest President (2015), essays by 16 scholars
  • Holzer, Harold (2008). Lincoln President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter 1860–1861. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-8947-4.
  • Kunhardt III, Philip B. et al. Looking for Lincoln: The Making of an American Icon (2012).
  • Manning, Chandra, "The Shifting Terrain of Attitudes toward Abraham Lincoln and Emancipation", Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 34 (Winter 2013), 18–39.
  • Neely, Mark E. "The Lincoln Theme since Randall's Call: The Promises and Perils of Professionalism." Papers of the Abraham Lincoln Association 1 (1979): 10-70. in JSTOR
External video
Booknotes interview with Merrill Peterson on Lincoln in American Memory, August 14, 1994, C-SPAN[11]
  • Peterson, Merrill D. (1995). Lincoln in American Memory. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-509645-3. wide-ranging survey of how Lincoln was remembered after 1865.
  • Pinsker, Matthew. "Lincoln Theme 2.0." Journal of American History 96.2 (2009): 417-440. online
  • Pinsker, Matthew. "Lincoln Theme 2.0." Journal of American History 96.2 (2009): 417-440. online
  • Randall, James G. "Has the Lincoln Theme Been Exhausted?." American Historical Review 41#2 (1936): 270-294. online
  • Reinhart, Mark S. (2008). Abraham Lincoln on Screen. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-3536-4.
  • Schwartz, Barry. Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of National Memory (2003) excerpt and text search
  • Schwartz, Barry. Abraham Lincoln in the post-heroic era: history and memory in late twentieth-century America (2008) excerpt and text search
  • Smith, Adam I.P. "The 'Cult' of Abraham Lincoln and the Strange Survival of Liberal England in the Era of the World Wars", Twentieth Century British History, (Dec 2010) 21#4 pp. 486–509.
  • Smith, John David. "" Gentlemen, I too, am a Kentuckian": Abraham Lincoln, the Lincoln Bicentennial, and Lincoln's Kentucky in Recent Scholarship." The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society 106.3/4 (2008): 433-470. in JSTOR
  • Spielberg, Steven; Goodwin, Doris Kearns; Kushner, Tony. "Mr. Lincoln Goes to Hollywood", Smithsonian (2012) 43#7 pp. 46–53.
  • Thomas, Emory M. (2007-02-01). Gordon, Lesley J.; Inscoe, John C. (eds.). Inside the Confederate Nation: Essays in Honor of Emory M. Thomas. Louisiana State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8071-3231-9.
  • Zilversmit, Arthur (1980). "Lincoln and the Problem of Race: A Decade of Interpretations" (PDF). Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association. 2 (11): 22–45.

Lincoln in art and popular culture[edit]

  • Lauriston, Bullard. F. (1952). Lincoln in Marble and Bronze. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
  • Ferguson, Andrew (2008). Land of Lincoln: Adventures in Abe's America. Grove Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-4361-7.
  • Mead, Franklin B. (1932). Heroic Statues in Bronze of Abraham Lincoln: Introducing The Hoosier Youth by Paul Manship. The Lincoln National Life Foundation.
  • Moffatt, Frederick C. (1998). Errant Bronzes: George Grey Barnard's Statues of Abraham Lincoln. Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press.
  • Murry, Freeman Henry Morris (1972) [1916]. Emancipation and the Freed in American Sculpture. Books For Libraries Press.
  • Petz, Weldon (1987). Michigan's Monumental Tributes to Abraham Lincoln. Historical Society of Michigan.
  • Redway, Maurine Whorton; Bracken, Dorothy Kendall (1957). Marks of Lincoln on Our Land. New York: Hastings House, Publishers.
  • Savage, Kirk (1997). Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race War and Monument in Nineteenth Century America. Princeton University Press.
  • Tice, George (1984). Lincoln. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

Primary sources[edit]

  • Angle, Paul McClelland; Earl Schenck Miers (1992). The Living Lincoln: the Man, his Mind, his Times, and the War He Fought, Reconstructed from his Own Writings. Barnes & Noble Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56619-043-5.
  • Basler, Roy P. et al., eds. (1953). The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. 9 vols. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-0172-7.
  • Browne, Francis Fisher (1995). The Every-Day Life of Abraham Lincoln. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-6115-2.
  • Lincoln, Abraham (2000). ed by Philip Van Doren Stern (ed.). The Life and Writings of Abraham Lincoln. Modern Library Classics.
  • Fehrenbacher, Don E., ed. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1832–1858 (Library of America, ed. 1989) ISBN 978-0-940450-43-1
  • Fehrenbacher, Don E., ed. Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings 1859–1865 (Library of America, ed. 1989) ISBN 978-0-940450-63-9
  • Lincoln, Abraham (1997). ed by Bob R. Daniels (ed.). Partial Personal Journal of Abraham Lincoln. American Heritage History.
  • Stowell, Daniel W., et al., eds. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases. (4 vols.) University of Virginia Press, 2008

Attacks on Lincoln[edit]

  • DiLorenzo, Thomas (2002). The Real Lincoln. New York: Three Rivers Press. ISBN 0-7615-2646-3.
  • Marshall, John A., American Bastille (1870) Fifth edition: A History of the Illegal Arrests and Imprisonment of American Citizens in the Northern and Border States on Account of Their political opinions during the late Civil War. Part 1
  • Masters, Edgar Lee. Lincoln: The Man (1931)
  • Tagg, Larry (2009). The Unpopular Mr. Lincoln:The Story of America's Most Reviled President. Savas Beatie. ISBN 978-1-932714-61-6.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln
  2. ^ "Papers of Abraham Lincoln". Archived from the original on 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  3. ^ Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln
  4. ^ Stowell, ed. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Legal Documents and Cases
  5. ^ "Papers of Abraham Lincoln". Archived from the original on 2011-05-17. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  6. ^ Steven Levingston, "Bill O'Reilly's 'Lincoln' book banned from Ford's Theatre because of 'mistakes'," '"Washington Post Nov. 12.2011
  7. ^ Grossman, Lev (January 31, 2008). "The Lincoln Compulsion". Time.
  8. ^ "Lincoln". C-SPAN. December 24, 1995. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President". C-SPAN. April 16, 2000. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  10. ^ "The Last Best Hope of Earth: Abraham Lincoln". C-SPAN. June 12, 1994. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Lincoln in American Memory". C-SPAN. August 14, 1994. Retrieved March 26, 2017.

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