Books: The Many Lincolns

THE LINCOLN READER (564 pp.)—Edlt-ed by Paul M. Angle—Rutgers University Press ($3.75).

U.S. university presses usually mosey along about their useful, traditional business, publishing scholarly biographies, monographs on the pterodactyl or .the mud turtle, studies in the. syntax of Middle English or Middle High German prose. But some of them are broadening their lists, and now the young, enterprising Rutgers University .Press has gone streaking off on its own to corral a Lincoln volume for which almost any big-city commercial publisher would have mortgaged his corporate soul. The Book-of-the-Month Club has made it its February choice,* and 500,000 copies are in print.

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