Douglas L. Wilson examines the legend of Abraham Lincoln's self-education. A well-known image of Lincoln, produced in his own lifetime, shows a boy reading by the light of a primitive fireplace, and an important aspect of the story surrounding the man is that he educated himself by a program of reading as a young storekeeper and postmaster. Wilson looks at the historical facts behind the legend, and at some of the works that seem to have been significant in his development.moreless
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