by Joshua Wolf Shenk
Sunday at 4pm
In January 1841, Abraham Lincoln, a 31-year-old lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, had a series of personal and professional crises that stripped from him nearly every layer of his fragile identity—and threw him into a profound, suicidal depression. Shenk, the author of Lincoln’s Melancholy, will spell out the drama and the mysteries of this long-misunderstood episode, and its lasting influence on Lincoln’s character.
Joshua Wolf Shenk is a curator, essayist, and author, most recently, of Powers of Two: How Relationships Drive Creativity (Eamon Dolan Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His first book, Lincoln’s Melancholy, was named one of the best books of 2005 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, and won awards from The Abraham Lincoln Institute, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the National Mental Health Association. (www.shenk.net)
May 31 | Sunday | 4pm
45 minutes + Q&A | No Intermission | No age limit
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