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Lincoln before Lincoln: Early Cinematic Adaptations of the Life of America's Greatest President

Brian J. Snee


Lincoln before “Lincoln” examines the most popular and arguably influential twentieth-century film and television representations of Abraham Lincoln. Although Stephen Spielberg’s epic film Lincoln (2012) is likely to be remembered as Hollywood’s definitive portrait of America’s greatest president, it is but one of many fascinating cinematic representations. Lincoln before“Lincoln” draws on theories of public memory and hyperreality as it demonstrates how films from different eras created strikingly diverse images of Abe Lincoln. Individual chapters address important issues of film production, ... More

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln, Hollywood, biopics, public memory, hyperreality, rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813167473
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813167473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian J. Snee, author
Manhattanville College

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