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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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