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January 08, 2005


Was Lincoln Gay?

A New York Times review of The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln by C. A. Tripp notes the book contends the 16th president "had erotic attractions and attachments to men throughout his life, from his youth to his presidency."

Unfortunately, the author "died in May 2003, after finishing the manuscript of this book, which means he never had a chance to fix its flaws. The prose is both jumpy and lifeless, like a body receiving electric shocks. Tripp alternates shrewd guesses and modest judgments with bluster and fantasy."

The Weekly Standard runs a interesting piece on the book by Philip Nobile: "Tripp and I intended to be coauthors of the book, laboring together on the project from 1995 to 2000 -- when our partnership, already fissured by dueling manuscripts, came to a bitter end. We quarreled constantly over evidence: I said the Gay Lincoln Theory was intriguing but impossible to prove; he said it was stone-cold fact."
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