The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21). rn VOLUME XVII. Later National Literature, Part II.

XXII. Lincoln


As the complete bibliography of Lincoln is enormous the following list aims to be merely representative of the literature concerned with him. General histories are not included.


Fish, Daniel. Lincoln Literature. A Bibliographical Account. Minneapolis, 1900. Lincoln Bibliography. In Vol. XI of the Gettysburg Ed. of Lincoln’sComplete Works, 1906. Also separate offprint the same year. Lincoln Collections and Lincoln Bibliography. Proc. Bibliog. Soc. Amer., xxx, 49–64, 1909.

Hart, C. H. Bibliographica Lincolniana: An Account of the Publications Occasioned by the Death of Abraham Lincoln. Albany, 1870. (No attempt is made to mention below more than the most interesting and important of the numerous eulogies and sermons here listed.)

Heartman, C. F. Two Hundred and Fifty-four Sermons, Eulogies, Orations, Poems, and Other Pamphlets relating to Abraham Lincoln, sold at auction, February 11, 1914. 1914.

Lambert, W. H. Abraham Lincoln, 1809–1909: Lincoln Literature. Germantown, Pa., 1909.

Ritchie, G. T. A List of Lincolniana in the Library of Congress. Washington, 1903.

Russell, L. E. Abraham Lincoln: A Contribution toward a Bibliography. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1910.

Smith, W. H., Jr. A Priced Lincoln Bibliography. 1906.

More recent Lincoln literature may be studied in the annual volumes of Writings on American History, compiled by Grace Gardner Griffin.


Complete Works. Ed. Nicolay, J. G., and Hay, John. 2 vols. 1894. Constitutional Ed., ed. Lapsley, A. B., with Introduction by Roosevelt, T., Essay by Schurz, C., Address by Choate, J. H., and Life by Brooks, N., 8 vols., 1906. Gettysburg Ed., with Introduction by Gilder, R. W., and various special articles, 12 vols., Philadelphia, 1906–07. Works, ed. Clifford, J. H., and Miller, M. M., with special articles by various writers, 8 vols., 1908. Life and Works, ed. Miller, M. M., 9 vols., 1907.

Political Debates between Hon. Abraham Lincoln and Hon. Stephen A. Douglas, in the Celebrated Campaign of 1858, in Illinois; Including the Preceding Speeches of Each, at Chicago, Springfield, etc.; also the Two Great Speeches of Mr. Lincoln in Ohio, in 1859 … Columbus, Ohio, 1860. Numerous later eds. of Lincoln-Douglas Debates: Cleveland, 1894, 1895, 1898; Battle Creek, Mich., 1895; Chicago, 1900; New York, 1905, ed. Bouton, A. L.; Springfield, Ill., 1908, ed. Sparks, E. E.; New York, 1913, ed. Putnam, G. H.

The Address of Hon. Abraham Lincoln, in Vindication of the Policy of the Framers of the Constitution and the Principles of the Republican Party, Delivered at Cooper Institute, February 27th, 1860 … 1860. Various editions.

Address of Abraham Lincoln, on taking the Oath of Office as President of the United States, March 4, 1861. Washington, 1861. [Many of Lincoln’s messages and public papers appeared as pamphlets, but the limitation of space does not permit them to be listed here.]

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Speech. In: Autograph Leaves of Our Country’s Authors. Baltimore, 1864. [Autographic Copy of Address, already widely circulated in press.]

Inaugural Address. March 4, 1865. Washington, 1865.

The Martyr’s Monument. Being the Patriotism and Political Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln, as exhibited in his Speeches, Messages, Orders, and Proclamations from the Presidential Canvass of 1860, until his Assassination, April 14, 1865. 1865. Ed. Lieber, F. [Many such compilations then and subsequently.]

Lincoln’s Anecdotes; A Complete Collection of the Anecdotes, Stories, and Pithy Sayings of the Late Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. 1867.

Abraham Lincoln His Book. A Facsimile Reproduction of the Original with an Explanatory Note by J. McCan Davis. 1901.

The Autobiography of Abraham Lincoln. Facsimile Reproduction of Autobiographical Sketch written by Abraham Lincoln for Jesse W. Fell in 1860. Normal, Ill., 1905.

Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832–1865. London, 1907. Introduction by Bryce, J. [There are numerous volumes of selections.]

Uncollected Letters of Abraham Lincoln. Ed. Tracy, G. A., with Introduction by Tarbell, Ida M. Boston, 1917.


Abbott, Lyman. Abraham Lincoln’s Agnosticism. Outlook, 17 Nov., 1906. Abraham Lincoln’s Religion. Outlook, 7 June, 1916.

Adams, C. F. Lincoln’s First Inauguration. Mass. Hist. Soc. Proc., 3d ser., II, 148–54.

Agresti, A. Abrama Lincoln. Genoa, 1913.

Alvord, C. W. (ed.). The Centennial History of Illinois. 5 vols. by various authors, 1918–20. [Invaluable for background.]

Arnold, I. N. The History of Abraham Lincoln and the Overthrow of Slavery. Chicago, 1866. Sketch of the Life of Abraham Lincoln. Chicago, 1869. The Life of Abraham Lincoln, Chicago, 1885.

Bancroft, George. Abraham Lincoln: A Tribute. 1908.

Barton, W. E. The Soul of Abraham Lincoln. 1920. [Useful bibliography.] The Paternity of Abraham Lincoln. 1920.

Bates, D. H. Lincoln in the Telegraph Office. 1907.

Bates, W. H. The Religious Opinions and Life of Abraham Lincoln. Bibliotheca Sacra, Jan., 1914.

Bazalgette, L. L’Enfance et la morte d’Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). Mercure de France, 1 Mar., 1909.

Beale, J. F. Abraham Lincoln … A Brief Biography. Philadelphia, 1909.

Benton, J. (ed.) Greeley on Lincoln and Mr. Greeley’s Letters. 1893.

Binns, H. B. Abraham Lincoln. 1901.

Brooks, E. S. The True Story of Abraham Lincoln, the American. Told for Boys and Girls. Boston, 1896.

Brooks, N. Abraham Lincoln: A Biography for Young People. 1888. Abraham Lincoln and the Downfall of American Slavery. 1894. Washington in Lincoln’s Time. 1895. Abraham Lincoln, His Youth and Early Manhood. With a Brief Account of his Later Life. 1901.

Browne, F. F. The Every-Day Life of Abraham Lincoln: A Narrative and Descriptive Biography. Chicago, 1886, 1913.

Browne, R. H. Abraham Lincoln and the Men of his Time. Cincinnati, 1901. 2 vols.

Bryce, J. The Character and Career of Abraham Lincoln. In: University and Historical Addresses. 1913.

Buck, S. J. Illinois: Travel and Description, 1765–1865. Springfield, 1914. [Indispensable bibliography of works relating to Illinois.] Illinois in 1818. Springfield, 1917.

Buckingham, J. E. Reminiscences and Souvenirs of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Washington, 1894.

Bullock, A. M. Lincoln. Appleton, Wis., 1913.

Burrage, H. S. Gettysburg and Lincoln. 1906.

Burt, S. W. Lincoln on his Own Story-Telling. Century, Feb., 1901.

Canisius, T. Abraham Lincoln. Stuttgart, 1878.

Carmichael, D. H. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. 1917.

Carpenter, F. B. Six Months at the White House with Abraham Lincoln. 1866. As: The Inner Life of Abraham Lincoln. Boston, 1883.

Carr, C. E. Lincoln at Gettysburg. Chicago, 1906.

Carter, O. N. Lincoln and Douglas as Lawyers. Miss. Val. Hist. Ass. Proc., 1912.

Cathey, J. H. Truth is Stranger than Fiction; the True Genesis of a Wonderful Man. Atlanta, 1899. As: The Genius of Lincoln, Atlanta, 1904. [Scandal regarding Lincoln’s alleged illegitimate birth.]

Chapin, B. Lincoln in the Heart of the People. Independent, 11 Feb., 1909.

Chapman, E. S. Latest Light on Abraham Lincoln, and War-Time Memories. 1917.

Charnwood, Lord (G. R. B.). Abraham Lincoln. London, 1916.

Chittenden, L. E. Recollections of President Lincoln and His Administration. 1891. Personal Reminiscences 1840–1890. 1893.

Choate, J. H. Abraham Lincoln. 1901. Abraham Lincoln, and Other Addresses in England. 1910.

Coffin, C. C. Abraham Lincoln. 1893.

Cowen, B. R. Abraham Lincoln: An Interpretation. Cincinnati, 1909.

Creelman, J. Why We Love Lincoln. 1909.

Crook, W. H. [Lincoln’s body-guard.] Lincoln’s Last Day. Harper’s, Sept., 1907. Through Five Administrations. 1910.

Curtis, W. E. The True Abraham Lincoln. Philadelphia, 1903.

Dana, C. A. Lincoln and His Cabinet. Cleveland, 1896. Recollections of the Civil War. 1898.

Davis, J. M. How Abraham Lincoln Became President. Springfield, 1909.

Dean, H. C. Crimes of the Civil War and Curse of the Funding System. Baltimore, 1869. [Anti-Lincoln.]

De Witt, D. M. The Assassination of Lincoln. 1909.

Dittenhoefer, A. J. How We Elected Lincoln: Personal Recollections of Lincoln and Men of his Time. 1916.

Dodge, D. K. Abraham Lincoln: The Evolution of his Literary Style. University of Illinois, 1900. The Lincoln Illinois Country. Independent, 11 Feb., 1909.

Eaton, J. Lincoln, Grant, and the Freedmen. 1907.

Edmons, George [Mrs. Elizabeth (Avery) Merriwether]. Facts and Falsehoods concerning the War on the South. Memphis, 1904. [Anti-Lincoln.]

Elias, Edith L. Abraham Lincoln. London, 1916.

Ellis, J. J. Abraham Lincoln. London, 1891.

French, C. W. Abraham Lincoln the Liberator. 1891.

Genung, J. F. Lincoln as a Master of Expression. Magazine of History, Feb., 1910.

Gilder, R. W. Lincoln the Leader, and Lincoln’s Genius for Expression. Boston, 1909.

Gilmore, J. R. [Edmund Kirke]. Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Boston, 1898.

Gordy, W. F. Abraham Lincoln. 1917.

Goss, D. Lincoln, the Man and the Statesman. Chicago, 1914.

Greene, F. V. Lincoln as Commander-in-Chief. Scribner’s, July, 1909.

Gridley, Eleanor. The Story of Abraham Lincoln. Chicago, 1902.

Grierson, F. Abraham Lincoln, the Practical Mystic. 1918.

Hamilton, J. G. de R. Lincoln and the South. Sewanee, Apr., 1909.

Hapgood, N. Abraham Lincoln: The Man of the People. 1899.

Harris, T. M. The Assassination of Lincoln. A History of the Great Conspiracy. Boston, 1892.

Hay, John. Lincoln’s Faith. In: Addresses of John Hay. 1906.

Herndon, W. H. Abraham Lincoln, Miss Ann Rutledge, New Salem, Pioneering, and the Poem: a Lecture delivered in the Old Sangamon County Courthouse, November, 1866. Springfield, 1910.

Herndon, W. H., and Weik, J. W. Herndon’s Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life. Chicago, 1889. 3 vols. [Suppressed.] Abraham Lincoln. 1892. 2 vols.

Hill, F. T. Lincoln the Lawyer. 1906. Lincoln’s Legacy of Inspiration. 1909.

Hitchcock, Caroline Hanks. Nancy Hanks: The Story of Abraham Lincoln’s Mother. 1899.

Hobson, J. T. Footprints of Abraham Lincoln. Dayton, O., 1909.

Holland, J. G. The Life of Abraham Lincoln. Springfield, Mass., 1866.

Howard, J. Q. The Life of Abraham Lincoln: with Extracts from his Speeches. Columbus, 1860. [A campaign biography.] In German, Columbus, 1860.

Howells, W. D. Lives and Speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin. Columbus and Boston, 1860. [A campaign biography.] New York, 1860. [Hannibal by J. L. Hayes.]

Huot, A. Le Centenaire de Lincoln. Revue Canadienne, Feb., 1909.

Illinois Centennial Commission. Lincoln Centennial Addresses Delivered at the Memorial Exercises Held at Springfield, Illinois, February 12, 1909. Springfield, 1909.

Ingersoll, R. G. Abraham Lincoln: A Lecture. 1895.

Irelan, J. R. History of the Life, Administration, and Times of Abraham Lincoln. Chicago, 1888. 2 vols.

Jackson, A. A. Abraham Lincoln in the Black Hawk War. Coll. Wis. State Hist. Soc., Vol. 14.

Jackson, S. T. Lincoln’s Use of the Bible. 1909.

Jennings, Janet. Abraham Lincoln, the Greatest American. Madison, Wis., 1909.

Johnson, W. J. Abraham Lincoln the Christian. 1913.

Jouault, A. Abraham Lincoln. Sa jeunesse et sa vie politique. Paris, 1875.

Jusserand, J. J. Abraham Lincoln. In: With Americans of Past and Present Days. 1916.

Keckley, Elizabeth. Behind the Scenes. 1868. [Gossip regarding Lincoln’s domestic affairs.]

Kelley, W. D. Lincoln and Stanton: A Study of the War Administration of 1861 and 1862. 1885.

Koht, H. Abraham Lincoln. Et Hundredaarsminde. Christiana, 1909.

Krans, H. S. (ed.) The Lincoln Tribute Book … with a Lincoln Centenary Medal from the Second Design made for the Occasion by Roiné. 1909.

Lambert, W. H. Variations in the Reports of the Gettysburg Address. Century, Feb., 1894.

Lamon, W. H. The Life of Abraham Lincoln from his Birth to his Inauguration as President. Boston, 1872. Recollections of Abraham Lincoln 1847–1865. Chicago, 1895.

Langdon, W. C., James, E. J., and Baldensperger, F. Abraham Lincoln To-day. University of Illinois, 1918.

Laughlin, Clara E. The Death of Lincoln; the Story of Booth’s Plot, his Deed and the Penalty. 1909.

Lea, J. H., and Hutchinson, J. R. The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln. Boston, 1909. [Important.]

Learned, M. D. Abraham Lincoln an American Migration; Family English not German. Philadelphia, 1909.

Leland, C. G. Abraham Lincoln and the Abolition of Slavery in the United States. 1879.

Lincoln Centennial Medal, The: Presenting the Medal of Abraham Lincoln by Jules Edouard Roiné together with Papers on the Medal. 1908.

Lodge, H. C. The Democracy of Abraham Lincoln. In: The Democracy of the Constitution and Other Addresses and Essays. 1915.

Lowell, J. R. Abraham Lincoln. North American, Dec., 1863. In: Political Essays, 1888.

MacChesney, N. W. (ed.) Abraham Lincoln; the Tribute of a Century, 1809–1909. Commemorative of the Lincoln Centenary and containing the Principal Speeches Made in Connection therewith. Chicago, 1910.

McClure, A. K. Abraham Lincoln and Men of War-Times. Philadelphia, 1892.

Mace, W. H. Lincoln, the Man of the People. Chicago. 1912.

Marais, A. Abraham Lincoln. Histoire d’un homme du peuple. Paris, 1880.

Markens, I. Abraham Lincoln and the Jews. 1909. Lincoln’s Masterpiece: A Review of the Gettysburg Address. 1913.

Meca, J. Abraham Lincoln intimo, apuntes histórico-anecdóticos de su vida y de su época. Barcelona, 1909.

Meserve, F. H. The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln. 1911.

Minor, C. L. C. The Real Lincoln. Richmond, 1901. [Anti-Lincoln.]

Monod, E. Un grand Américain: Abraham Lincoln. Lausanne, 1911.

Moores, C. W. The Life of Abraham Lincoln for Boys and Girls. Boston, 1909.

Morgan, J. Abraham Lincoln, the Boy and the Man. 1908.

Morse, J. T., Jr. Abraham Lincoln. Boston, 1893. 2 vols.

Mudge, Z. A. The Forest Boy: A Sketch of the Life of Abraham Lincoln. For Young People. 1867.

Newton, J. F. Abraham Lincoln: An Essay. Cedar Rapids, 1910. Lincoln and Herndon. Cedar Rapids, 1910.

Nicolay, Helen. The Boys’ Life of Abraham Lincoln. 1906. Characteristic Anecdotes of Lincoln from Unpublished Notes of … John G. Nicolay. Century, Sept., 1912. Personal Traits of Abraham Lincoln. 1912.

Nicolay, J. G. Abraham Lincoln. Boston, 1882. [Reprint of Article in Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed.] The Gettysburg Address with Facsimile of the Manuscripts. Century, Feb., 1894. Lincoln’s Literary Experiments. Century, Apr., 1894. A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln. 1902.

Nicolay, J. G., and Hay, John. Lincoln and the Church. Century, Aug., 1889. Abraham Lincoln: A History. 1890. 10 vols.

Norton, Eliot. Abraham Lincoln, a Lover of Mankind: An Essay. 1911.

Oberholtzer, E. P. Abraham Lincoln. Philadelphia, 1904.

Oldroyd, O. H. Lincoln’s Campaign. Chicago, 1896. The Assassination of Lincoln. Washington, 1901.

The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Abraham Lincoln: Commemorative Exercises Arranged by Union and Confederate Veterans … Feb. 14, 1909. Atlanta, 1909.

Onstott, T. G. Lincoln and Salem: Pioneers of Mason and Menard Counties. Forest City, Ill., 1902.

Paullin, C. O. President Lincoln and the Navy. American Historical Review, Jan., 1909.

Pennell, O. H. The Religious Views of Abraham Lincoln. Conneaut, O., 1910.

Perry, J. R. The Poetry of Lincoln. North American, Feb., 1911.

Peters, M. C. Abraham Lincoln’s Religion. Boston, 1909.

Phillips, I. N. Abraham Lincoln, by Some Men who Knew Him. Bloomington, Ill., 1910. Lincoln. Chicago, 1910.

Pickett, W. P. The Negro Problem: Abraham Lincoln’s Solution. 1909.

Pillsbury, A. E. Lincoln and Slavery. Boston, 1913.

Pinkerton, A. Allan Pinkerton’s Unpublished Story of the First Attempt on the Life of Abraham Lincoln. American, Feb., 1913.

Pringle, C. The Record of a Quaker Conscience. 1918.

Putnam, G. H. Abraham Lincoln: The People’s Leader in the Struggle for National Existence. 1909.

Putnam, M. Louise. Children’s Life of Abraham Lincoln. Chicago, 1892.

Rankin, H. B. Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln. 1916.

Rasmusen, H. Abraham Lincoln. Liv og Gjerning. Copenhagen, 1882.

Ray, P. O. The Convention that Nominated Lincoln … An Address. Chicago, 1916.

Raymond, H. J. Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln; with Anecdotes and Personal Reminiscences by Frank B. Carpenter. 1865.

Reeves, R. N. Abraham Lincoln: His Religion. Chicago, n. d.

Reid, Whitelaw. Abraham Lincoln. London, 1910.

Remsburg, J. E. Abraham Lincoln: Was He a Christian? 1893.

Rice, A. T. (ed.) Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln, by Distinguished Men of his Time. 1886. Rev. ed., 1909.

Richards, J. T. Abraham Lincoln, the Lawyer-Statesman. Boston, 1916.

Roberts, Octavia. Lincoln in Illinois. Boston, 1918.

Robinson, L. E. Abraham Lincoln as a Man of Letters. Chicago, 1918.

Rothschild, A. Lincoln, Master of Men: A Study in Character. Boston. 1906.“Honest Abe”: a Study in Integrity. Boston, 1917.

Russell, H. H. The Lincoln Legion. Westerville, O., 1913.

Schlüter, H. Lincoln, Labor and Slavery. 1913.

Schurz, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: An Essay. Boston, 1891. In German, Berlin, 1908.

Schuyler, M. Lincoln’s English. Forum, Feb., 1909. A Medallic History of Lincoln. Putnam’s, Mar., 1909.

Scott, M. R. Essay on Lincoln: Was He an Inspired Prophet? Newark, O., 1906.

Scripps, J. L. Life of Abraham Lincoln. Tribune Tract No. 6. 1860. Detroit, 1900. [This pamphlet, based on information given Scripps by Lincoln himself, served as the foundation for practically all the campaign biographies of 1860 and 1864. See, also, Howard and Howells above.]

Selby, Paul. Abraham Lincoln: The Evolution of his Emancipation Policy. Chicago, 1909.

Sellery, G. C. Lincoln’s Suspension of Habeas Corpus as Viewed by Congress. Madison, Wis., 1908.

Sheppard, R. D. The Life of Abraham Lincoln. Chicago, 1913.

Singmaster, Elsie. Gettysburg. Boston, 1913.

Sparhawk, Frances. A Life of Lincoln for Boys. 1907.

Speed, J. F. Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln … Louisville, 1884.

Stephenson, N. W. Abraham Lincoln and The Union. New Haven, 1918.

Stevens, Lucia A. The Growth of Public Opinion in the East in regard to Lincoln prior to November, 1860. III. Hist. Lib. Pub., XI, 284–301, 1997.

Stoddard, W. O. Abraham Lincoln: The True Story of a Great Life. 1884. Inside the White House in War Times. 1890. The Table Talk of Abraham Lincoln. 1894. Lincoln at Work. Boston, 1900. The Boy Lincoln. 1905.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Abraham Lincoln. In: Men of Our Times. Hartford, 1868.

Strunsky, Rose. Abraham Lincoln. 1914.

Sumner, C. The Promise of the Declaration of Independence. Eulogy on Abraham Lincoln. Boston, 1865.

Tarbell, Ida M. Life of Abraham Lincoln. 1900. 2 vols.

Tarbell, Ida M., and Davis, J. M. The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln. 1896.

Thayer, G. A. The Religion of Abraham Lincoln. Cincinnati, 1909.

Thayer, W. M. The Prairie Boy and How he Became President. Boston, 1863. The Character and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln. Boston, 1864. Life and Character of Abraham Lincoln. Boston, 1864. From Pioneer Home to White House. Norwich, Conn., 1882.

Thayer, W. R. Lincoln and Some Union Generals, from the Unpublished Diaries of John Hay. Harper’s, Dec., 1914.

Turney, D. B. The Mythifying Theory; or, Abraham Lincoln a Myth. Metropolis, Ill., 1872.

Walsh, W. S. Abraham Lincoln and the London Punch. 1909.

Wanamaker, R. M. The Voice of Lincoln. 1918.

Ward, W. Hayes (ed.). Abraham Lincoln: Tributes from his Associates … 1909.

Watterson, H. Abraham Lincoln. Cosmopolitan, Mar., 1909.

Weik, J. W. Abraham Lincoln: Personal Recollections. Outlook, 13 Feb., 1909. A New Story of Lincoln’s Assassination. Century, Feb., 1913. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Outlook, 12 July, 1913.

Welles, Gideon. Lincoln and Seward. 1874. The Diary of Gideon Welles. Boston, 1911. 3 vols.

Weltstein, C. T. (compiler.) Was Abraham Lincoln an Infidel? Boston, 1910.

Whipple, W. The Story Life of Abraham Lincoln. Philadelphia, 1908. The Heart of Abraham Lincoln. 1909. The Story of Young Abraham Lincoln. 1915.

White, H. Abraham Lincoln in 1854. Ill. Hist. Soc. Trans., 9th Meeting, 1909.

Whitlock, Brand. Abraham Lincoln. Boston, 1909. Rev. ed., 1916.

Whitney, H. C. Abraham Lincoln. Arena, Apr., 1898. Lincoln’s Social Isolation. Independent, 14: 378–81, 1902. The Life of Lincoln. 1908. 2 vols.

Wilbur, H. W. President Lincoln’s Attitude toward Slavery and Emancipation. Philadelphia, 1914.

Wilson, J. G. Recollections of Lincoln. Putnam’s, Feb., 1909. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Independent, 24 Apr., 1913.

Wilson, R. R. Lincoln in Caricature. 1903.

Wilson, Woodrow. The Centenary of Abraham Lincoln. Princeton Alumni Weekly, Feb., 1909.

Zabriskie, A. C. A Descriptive Catalogue of the Political and Memorial Medals of Abraham Lincoln. 1873.


Here are listed in chronological order certain representative books dealing with Lincoln in the spirit rather of poetry or legend than of history or biography.

It should be remarked, however, that the line is not carefully drawn; that various popular biographies, especially those designed for children, might well be included here, as also most of the popular collections of anecdotes ascribed to Lincoln; and that some of the titles here given are of writings which mean to tell the truth.

The Lincoln and Hamlin Songster, or, the Continental Melodist, comprising a choice collection of Original and Selected Songs, in honor of the People’s Candidates, Lincoln and Hamlin, and illustrative of the enthusiasm everywhere entertained for“Honest Abe,” of Illinois, and the noble Hamlin of Maine. Philadelphia, 1860. [Most of the campaign biographies were in much the same tone.]

Janvier, F. De H. The Sleeping Sentinel. Philadelphia, 1863. [Poem.]

Thayer, W. M. The Prairie Boy and How He Became President. Boston, 1863. [See, also, Thayer, W. M., in foregoing section.]

The Royal Ape: A Dramatic Poem. Richmond, 1863. [Anti-Lincoln.]

A Young Rebelle. Abram. A Military Poem. Richmond, 1863. [Anti-Lincoln.]

The Lincoln and Johnson Union Campaign Songster. Philadelphia, 1864.

The Lincoln Catechism wherein the Eccentricities and Beauties of Despotism are fully set forth. A Guide to the Presidential Election of 1864. 1864. [Anti-Lincoln.]

Lincolniana; or the Humors of Uncle Abe. Second Joe Miller.… By Andrew Adderup … 1864. [Anti-Lincoln.]

Ferreira, F. A Mort de Lincoln. Canto Elegiaco. Rio de Janeira, 1865.

Judson, E. Z. C. [“Ned Buntline.”] The Parricides; or, the Doom of the Assassins. 1865.

Lowell, J. R. Ode Recited at the Commemoration of the Living and Dead Soldiers of Harvard University, July 21, 1865. Cambridge, 1865.

Stoddard, R. H. Abraham Lincoln. An Horatian Ode. 1865.

Whitman, Walt. Sequel to Drum-Taps … When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Bloom’d. And Other Pieces. Washington, 1865.

Plotts, J. N. (compiler). Poetical Tributes to the Memory of Abraham Lincoln. Philadelphia, 1865.

Lincoln’s Anecdotes; A Complete Collection of the Anecdotes, Stories, and Pithy Sayings of the late Abraham Lincoln … 1867. [Later collections of this sort are not listed but they have been numerous.]

Hylton, J. D. The Præsidicide: A Poem. Philadelphia, 1868.

Taylor, Bayard. The Ballad of Abraham Lincoln. Boston, 1870.

Blanchard, R. Abraham Lincoln the Type of American Genius. An Historical Romance. Wheaton, Ill., 1882.

Oldroyd, O. H. (ed.) The Lincoln Memorial: Album Immortelles. 1882.

Alger, Horatio, Jr. Abraham Lincoln, the Backwoods Boy. 1883.

Eggleston, E. The Graysons. 1888.

Kirkland, J. The McVeys. 1888.

Butterworth, H. In the Boyhood of Lincoln. 1892.

Thompson, M. Lincoln’s Grave. Cambridge and Chicago, 1894. [Poem.]

Allen, L. W. Abraham Lincoln: A Poem. 1896.

Boyd, Lucinda. The Sorrows of Nancy. Richmond, 1899. [Contains the charge that Lincoln was illegitimate. The Nancy referred to in the title is Nancy Hanks, Lincoln’s mother.]

Catherwood, Mary Hartwell. Spanish Peggy. A Story of Young Illinois. Chicago, 1899.

Howe, M. A. De W. (ed.) The Memory of Lincoln. Boston, 1899. [Poetical tributes.]

Churchill, W. The Crisis. 1901.

Markham, E. Lincoln and Other Poems. 1901.

Wright, Carrie Douglas. Lincoln’s First Love. A True Story. Chicago, 1901.

Pratt, S. G. Lincoln in Story. 1901.

Staples, E. L. A Man of Destiny: being the Story of Abraham Lincoln; an Epic Poem. Shelton, Conn., 1902.

Andrews, Mary Raymond Shipman. The Perfect Tribute. 1906.

Atkinson, Eleanor. The Boyhood of Lincoln. 1908.

Gerry, Margarita Spalding. The Toy Shop. 1908.

Snider, D. I. Abraham Lincoln: An Interpretation in Biography. St. Louis, 1908. 2 vols. [A“philosophical” biography.]

Williams, F. H. The Burden Bearer: An Epic of Lincoln. Philadelphia, 1908.

Atkinson, Eleanor. Lincoln’s Love Story. 1909.

Chittenden, L. E. Lincoln and the Sleeping Sentinel: The True Story. 1909.

Gale, O. M., and Wheeler, H. M. The Knight of the Wilderness. Chicago, 1909.

Greene, H. A Lincoln Conscript. Boston, 1909.

Grierson, F. The Valley of Shadows. Boston, 1909.

MacKaye, P. Ode on the Centenary of Abraham Lincoln. 1909.

Abbatt, W. (ed.). The Lincoln Centenary in Literature. 1909.

Booth, Mary J. Partial Bibliography of Poems relating to Abraham Lincoln. Ill. Hist. Soc. Journ., Jan., 1909.

Schauffler, R. H. Lincoln’s Birthday: A Comprehensive View of Lincoln as given in the most Notable Essays, Orations, and Poems, in Fiction and in Lincoln’s Own Writings. 1909.

Borglum, G. The Beauty of Lincoln. Everybody’s, Feb., 1910.

Robinson, E. A. The Master. In: The Town down the River. 1910. [This brief poem has been very influential in later interpretations of Lincoln’s character.]

Snider, D. J. Lincoln in the Black Hawk War. St. Louis, 1910.

Tarbell, Ida M. Father Abraham. 1911. He Knew Lincoln. 1911.

Williams, A. D. (ed.) The Praise of Lincoln: an Anthology. Indianapolis, 1911.

Andrews, Mary Raymond Shipman. Counsel Assigned. 1912.

Snider, D. J. Lincoln and Ann Rutledge. St. Louis, 1912.

Dixon, T. The Southerner. 1913.

Scott, M. R. Supposed Diary of President Lincoln from the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise in 1854 until April 14, 1865. Newark, O., 1913.

Snider, D. J. Lincoln in the White House. St. Louis, 1913. Lincoln at Richmond, St. Louis, 1914. [These two works, with those above by the same author, make up The Lincolniad, consisting of two volumes of prose biography (1908), and an elaborate tetralogy in varying metres.]

Bullard, F. L. Tad and his Father. Boston, 1915.

Fletcher, J. G. Lincoln. In: Some Imagist Poets: 1917. Boston, 1917.

Lindsay, Vachel. Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight. In: The Congo and Other Poems. 1915.

Masters, E. L. Spoon River Anthology. 1915. [Numerous poems deal with Lincoln, as is the case in this writer’s later volumes.]

Oldroyd, O. H. (ed.) The Poets’ Lincoln: Tributes in Verse. Washington, 1915.

Willsie, H. M. Benefits Forgot. 1917.

Sandburg, Carl. Cornhuskers. 1918. [Various poems in this collection.]

Bacheller, I. A Man for the Ages. 1919.

Davis, Mary Wright. The Book of Lincoln. 1919.

Drinkwater, John. Abraham Lincoln: A Play. London, 1919. Lincoln the World Emancipator. Boston, 1920.

Van Doren, C. The Poetical Cult of Lincoln. Nation, 17 May, 1919.

Daviess, Maria Thompson. The Matrix. 1920.

Dixon, T. A Man of the People: A Drama. 1920.

Tarbell, Ida M. In Lincoln’s Chair. 1920.