The madness of mary lincoln jason emerson dr james s brust md on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in 2005 historian jason emerson discovered a steamer trunk formerly owned by robert todd lincolns lawyer and stowed in an attic for forty years the trunk contained a rare find twenty five letters pertaining to mary todd lincolns life and insanity case. I read the madness of mary lincoln after visiting the abraham lincoln presidential museum in springfield il earlier this summer while there i learned for the first time in my 43 years about mrs lincolns apparent struggles with mental illness i was incredulous. The madness of mary lincoln begins with an important evaluation of marys personality as a young woman her relationship with abraham lincoln and the tragedy she faced as a mother and wife emerson argues that mary as a child and young woman exhibited the characteristics of a dual personality because of her erratic changes in emotion. Mary lincoln died in her sisters home on july 16 1882 at the age of 64 most likely of complications from diabetes david davis abraham lincolns campaign manager estate executor and friend wrote upon hearing of mary lincolns death poor mrs lincoln she is at last at rest. The madness of mary lincoln is the first examination of mary lincolns mental illness based on the lost letters and the first new interpretation of the insanity case in twenty years this compelling story of the purported insanity of one of americas most tragic first ladies provides new and previously unpublished materials including the
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