For the Love of Lincoln

The Takeaway

Is it just us, or is Abraham Lincoln everywhere these days?  With the new Steven Spielberg biopic “Lincoln,” Louis CK’s Abe Lincoln parody for Saturday Night Live, the big budget summer release “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” lots of new Lincoln books, and the 150th anniversary of the civil war, it seems the 16th president is hotter than ever.
Is he? Or has he always been on fire?
James Cornelius has dedicated much of his adult life to Abraham Lincoln. He is curator of the Lincoln collection in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
Maira Kalman’s fondness for Lincoln is fresh, in comparison. She fell in love with our 16th president while illustrating and writing her year-long valentine to democracy, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” two years ago.

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