Abe Lincoln in Illinois: A Play in Twelve Scenes

Abe Lincoln in Illinois: A Play in Twelve Scenes

Abe Lincoln in Illinois: A Play in Twelve Scenes

Abe Lincoln in Illinois: A Play in Twelve Scenes

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The Irish have a saying from the Gaelic about things so durable they will last "a thousand years and after that to the end of the world."

Of natural, personal, human legends the one of Lincoln will probably last as long as any known --and the end of the world is a long time.

For many years, probably many centuries, there are to be biographies about Lincoln--and dramas.

"Abe Lincoln in Illinois" by Robert E. Sherwood is the first full-statured drama that has come around the legend.

Also it is the first shaped by a playwright who went to the main studies derived from basic source materials--and delved extensively himself in the actual sources.

The extent to which he realized his responsibility--in availing himself of a dramatist's license to depart from the facts--is soberly told in his supplementary notes.

It may be that sometime we shall have a Lincoln drama employing entirely speeches and situations authenticated by documents and evidence--but whether it will be a drama that people will go to see and value as drama is another question.

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