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Trivia Question 7-17-17

Discussion in 'War Between the States Trivia Game' started by Trivia Master, Jul 17, 2017 at 8:15 AM.

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  1. Trivia Master

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    Question: About whom was the following written :

    “He was dressed in a rusty black frock-coat and pantaloons, unbrushed, and worn so faithfully that the suit had adapted itself to the curves and angularities of his figure, and had grown to be an outer skin of the man. He had shabby slippers on his feet. His hair was black, still unmixed with gray, somewhat bushy, and had apparently been acquainted with neither brush nor comb, that morning, after the disarrangement of the pillow...."

    and who wrote it?

    credit: @General Casey
     

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne about Lincoln.
    m.csmonitor.com/Books/2015/0415/5-tributes-to-Abraham-Lincoln-from-literary-greats/Nathaniel-Hawthorne-writing-about-Abraham-Lincoln
     
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    Written about Abraham Lincoln
    Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
     
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    Lincoln.
    Nathaneal Hawthorne
     
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    It was written by Nathanial Hawthorne about Abe Lincoln.
     
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    Written about Abraham Lincoln by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
     
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne said it about A. Lincoln.
     
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    Abraham Lincoln, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne
     
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    Abraham Lincoln by Nathaniel Hawthorne
     
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    Abraham Lincoln.

    Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
     
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    The author Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote this about Abraham Lincoln in a visit to the White House in 1862.
     
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    That just has to be dear Father Abraham!

    What a beautiful piece of prose, too. Don't we all wish we could write like that?! This should be held up as a model in writing classes.
    A google search reveals that the writer is none other than Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    There is much more to the passage than what's quoted above, and it goes on for a couple pages. Anyone who hasn't done so should go to the link I embedded and read more. It is a treasure!

    If you have time, you can read the whole Hawthorne letter here.
     
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    P.S. Thank you, @General Casey for submitting this. And thank you, Ami, for demanding that we give a source; had it not been for that requirement, I wouldn't have discovered this remarkable, delightful letter.
     
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    Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote this description of Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of a visit with the President in 1862.
    I like Hawthorne's conclusion:

    "on the whole, I like this sallow, queer, sagacious visage, with the homely human sympathies that warmed it."

    https://delanceyplace.com/view-archives.php?217
     
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    I just have to share a little gem from the second link I gave above. Hawthorne is not only a wonderful prose stylist, but so remarkably insightful about human beings that he really "gets it" about Abraham Lincoln. We are told that Hawthorne was not a Lincoln fan early on, but apparently he was an open- and fair-minded person, so he soon came to see that Lincoln was precisely the man for the job that fate had thrust on him. I love the little summation of Lincoln that Hawthorne gives at the end of his letter:

    Before he actually entered upon his great office, and for a considerable time afterwards, there is no reason to suppose that he adequately estimated the gigantic task about to be imposed on him, or, at least, had any distinct idea how it was to be managed; and I presume there may have been more than one veteran politician who proposed to himself to take the power out of President Lincoln's hands into his own, leaving our honest friend only the public responsibility for the good or ill success of the career. The extremely imperfect development of his statesmanly qualities, at that period, may have justified such designs. But the President is teachable by events, and has now spent a year in a very arduous course of education; he has a flexible mind, capable of much expansion, and convertible towards far loftier studies and activities than those of his early life; and if he came to Washington a backwoods humorist, he has already transformed himself into as good a statesman (to speak moderately) as his prime minister.​
     
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