| Monday, January 24, 2005
|The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln
Was Lincoln gay? In a new book the late pyscholoists
C.A. Tripp claims he found evidence that outs the
16th President --but not everyone agrees.
Here's what you need to know about the controversy.
TRIPPS'S SMOKING GUNS
** Young Abe spent four years sharing a bed with
his friend Joshua Speed; he later shared beds with other men.
** Lincoln once wrote a poem about men marrying each other.
** The President was terrified of wedding Marry Todd;
theirs was a stormy mariage.
** Lincoln had black moods all his life, perhaps because of
his repressed homosexuality.
THE COUNTER ARGUMENTS
**Philip Nobile, initially Tripp's coauthor on
the book, now says Tripp fabricated evidence.
** Historians say bed-sharing was common in
frontier times because mattresses were a luxury.
** Lincoln and Todd had four children.
** Most scholars trace Lincoln's melancholy to
the death of his first love, Ann Rutledge.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Whether Honest Abe was living a lie is still in question.
(book review PEOPLEMAG)
THE BOOK THAT'S GOT US GIGGLING
Need a good laugh?
Then pick up the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GUILTY PLEASURES:
1001 Things You hate to Love, by Sam Stall,
Lou Harry, and Julia Spalding.
From Dirty Dancing to Vanilla Ice, this book lists
everything that makes you cringe publicly but you crave
(book review REDBOOKMAG)
|posted by infraternam meam @ 5:13 AM