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By Joshua Wolf Shenk

A considerate, nuanced portrait of Abraham Lincoln that reveals his mythical political strengths rooted in his such a lot own struggles.


Giving form to the deep melancholy that pervaded Lincoln's grownup lifestyles, Joshua Wolf Shenk's Lincoln's Melancholy unearths how this ailment stimulated either the president's personality and his management. Lincoln solid a troublesome direction towards psychological future health from the time he was once a tender guy. Shenk attracts from old list, interviews with Lincoln students, and modern study on melancholy to appreciate the character of his sadness. within the approach, he discovers that the President's coping strategies—among them, a wealthy humorousness and an inclination towards quiet reflection—ultimately helped him to steer the state via its maximum turmoil.

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There is no shortage of pointers. Rome presents itself to us, as cradle and glorification of auctoritas: Rome, as according to Arendt, but above all according to Varro and Cicero. Authority thus conferred on the past would continue, more or less, until Tocqueville wrote up its death certificate in the aftermath of the French Revolution. 4 Could we imagine Cato or Cicero risking a similar remark in the final stages of the Republic? First of all the category of future needs to have split away and gained a certain autonomy.

28 alexandra lianeri together the classical and the Christian pasts in a way that differed from the chronographical tradition of Eusebius and Jerome in that it integrated the two traditions into a single story, Sulpicius set aside all claims to priority of one of them over the other: Christianity filled the gaps in the classical past no more than the classical tradition could be used to supplement or even correct Christian history. This hybridity, while apparently sustaining the authority of Scripture in designating the course of history, gave rise to the significant claim that it was the language of the historian, as the product of guidance by biblical authors, but also as a medium that allows the rewriting of those authors, which had to be trusted.

Secondly, authority and the future: when, from the end of the eighteenth century onwards, the future became the dominant temporal category, did it not find itself taking on the same value of primacy that had until then been attached to the past? Lastly, authority and the present: in a time when 1 3 2 See Revault d’Allonnes 2006. Arendt 1972: 121–85. For a first version of this idea see Hartog 2007: 23–33. 33 34 franc¸ ois hartog the present seems to have become an insurmountable horizon, is it not becoming established as a source, or even the only source, of authority?

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