By Daniel W. Crofts
"The Diary of a Public Man," released anonymously in numerous installments within the North American overview in 1879, claimed to provide verbatim money owed of mystery conversations with Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, and Stephen A. Douglas -- between others -- within the determined weeks ahead of the beginning of the Civil struggle. regardless of repeated makes an attempt to decipher the Diary, historians by no means were capable of pinpoint its writer or be certain its authenticity. In A Secession problem Enigma, Daniel W. Crofts solves those longstanding mysteries. He identifies the writer, unravels the fascinating tale at the back of the Diary, and deftly establishes its contents as principally real. based on Crofts, the Diary was once no longer a diary in any respect yet a memoir, most likely written almost immediately earlier than it seemed in print. The mastermind who created it, ny journalist William Henry Hurlbert (1827--1895), effectively perpetrated essentially the most tricky feats of historic license -- he pretended to were a diarist who by no means existed. Crofts contends, notwithstanding, that Hurlbert's paintings was once faraway from fictional. Time after time, the Diary introduces fabric almost most unlikely to manufacture in addition to formerly hid details that was once corroborated in basic terms after its e-book. The Diary bristles with unique information concerning the fight to form Lincoln's cupboard and the composition of his inaugural deal with.
Crofts's cautious research, followed by way of the total textual content of the Diary in an appendix, bargains a daring new viewpoint at the frantic scramble to opposite southern secession whereas fending off the abyss of conflict. Hurlbert, a long-forgotten eccentric genius, emerges vividly the following. half detective tale, half biography, and half an in depth narrative of occasions in early 1861, A Secession difficulty Enigma provides a compelling resolution to an everlasting secret and brings "The Diary of a Public guy" again into the historic lexicon.
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25. William Henry Hurlbut to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Sept. 3, 1847, Higginson Papers; Edelstein, Strange Enthusiasm, 77. 26. Thomas Wentworth Higginson to William Henry Hurlbut, Oct. 31, 1852, Higginson Papers. 27. Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, 107–11. 44 A Secession Crisis Enigma An Oldport Romance was written and published in 1869 but set a decade earlier in the late 1850s. It cannot be judged a great work of literature. It contains, however, a chief character whom readers of this narrative will recognize immediately.
Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1888). 21. David I. Holmes, “The Evolution of Stylometry in Humanities Scholarship,” Literary and Linguistic Computing 13 (1998): 111–17, quotations on 111. See also David I. Holmes, Lesley J. Gordon, and Christine Wilson, “A Widow and Her Soldier: Stylometry and the American Civil War,” Literary and Linguistic Computing 16 (2001): 403–20; David I. Holmes, Michael Robertson, and Roxanna Paez, “Stephen Crane and the New-York Tribune: A Case Study in Traditional and Non-Traditional Authorship Attribution,” Computers and the Humanities 35 (August 2001): 315–31; Matthew L.
Fearful of a collision and contemptuous of extremists of both parties, Ward observed apprehensively that “Blondin carried a man on stilts across the Niagara chasm; but Mr. ”7 For purposes of analysis, therefore, we have an abundance of material that Ward wrote in early 1861. At precisely the time the political crisis was reaching its most acute phase, he was crafting a substantial essay each week on an entirely different subject. Do the gold rush memoir and “The Diary of a Public Man” match up?