Books: Lincoln's Missing Links

LINCOLN'S OTHER MARY (229 pp.)—Olive Carruthers [with historical appendix by R. Gerald McMurtry)—Ziff-Davis ($2.50).

The "man to match the mountains and the sea" was no match for women. Historians have made great matter of Abraham Lincoln's unhappy marriage to Mary Todd; romantics have told and retold his tragic connection with Ann Rutledge; and now Novelist Carruthers has expanded the few known facts about Lincoln's other big (170 Ibs.) moment, Mary Owens.

In doing so, she has wound fact into such a mess of taffy prose that there is no tasting the original flavor of the...

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