Lincoln's Journalist: John Hay's Anonymous Writings for the Press, 1860-64 (annotated edition)
By: John Hay (author), Michael Burlingame (volume_editor)Hardback
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Michael Burlingame presents anonymous and pseudonymous newspaper articles written by Lincoln's assistant personal secretary, John Hay, between 1860 and 1864. In the White House, Hay became the ultimate insider, the man who had the president's ear. Burlingame takes great pains to establish authorship of the items reproduced here. He convincingly demonstrates that the essays and letters written for the Providence Journal, the Springfield Illinois State Journal, and the St. Louis Missouri Democrat under the pseudonym "Ecarte" are the work of Hay. And he finds much circumstantial and stylistic evidence that Hay wrote as "our special correspondent" for the Washington World and for the St. Louis Missouri Republican. Easily identifiable, Hay's style was "marked by long sentences, baroque syntactical architecture, immense vocabulary, verbal pyrotechnics, cocksure tone (combining acid contempt and extravagant praise), offbeat adverbs, and scornful adjectives."
Michael Burlingame is a professor of history at Connecticut College. He is presently working on a three-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. His book "An Oral History of Abraham Lincoln: John G. Nicolay s Interviews and Essays" won the 1995 Abraham Lincoln Association Prize. With John R. Turner Ettlinger, he coedited "Inside Lincoln's White House: The Complete Civil War Diary of John Hay." Both books are available from Southern Illinois University Press."
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