The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

Version: Unabridged
Author: Daniel Mark Epstein
Narrator: Adam Grupper
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: May 2008
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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She was witty, tempestuous, a Kentucky blueblood; he was brilliant, moody, a farmer's son born in a log-cabin. They got married on a few hours notice in 1842, when he was thirty-three and she was nearly twenty-four. In 1974, the historian Fawn Brodie predicted that a "sensitive study of the Lincoln marriage will not always defy biographers." Until now, it has. The only book-length treatment of the marriage was published in 1953, when scholars lacked today's resources, and were still struggling with deep-seated prejudices about Mary Todd and Abraham Lincoln. Now Daniel Mark Epstein has produced an incisive and balanced portrait of the Lincolns, from their mysterious and troubled courtship in 1840 until his assassination in Ford's Theatre in 1865. For the first time, in The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage we can feel the full force of the tragedy that was the slow crumbling of their marriage, knowing it intimately from the first act to the last.

Reviews (1)


Written by adelyn on December 7th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This book was a great glimpse into the lives of the Lincolns. I practically felt like I was there. Fantastic details and quotes from letters. The narrator has a good voice. This book is 17 discs so I appreciated his easy tone.

Author Details

Author Details

Epstein, Daniel Mark

Daniel Mark Epstein has written more than fifteen books of poetry, biography, and history, including the award-winning Lincoln and Whitman and The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage, named one of the top ten books of the year by the Wall Street Journal and Chicago Sun-Times.