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United States: Essays 1952-1992 Chapter Summary & Analysis - "Last Note on Lincoln" (1991) Summary

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"Last Note on Lincoln" (1991) Summary and Analysis

Vidal shares some of his personal reflections on Abraham Lincoln, including the fact that Lincoln belonged to no Christian church but was also no atheist. When he viewed a life mask of Lincoln made shortly before his murder, Vidal was struck by the smallness of the head whose "vulpine little face seems strangely vulnerable" with shrunken cheeks, a sharper nose than one sees in photographs, and deep lines about the mouth. Lincoln, with eyes shut, looks to be a small man in rehearsal for his death," Vidal says.

Although Lincoln had, for practical purposes, no formal education, he studied law and learned a lean, muscular prose style that made him "a literary genius" and competent lawyer in an age when "most good lawyers, like good generals, wrote good prose...

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