Books: Lincoln on the Scmgamon

THE VALLEY OF SHADOWS (278 pp.)—Francis Grierson — Houghton Mifflin ($3.50).

The people who lived in Sangamon County, Ill. before the Civil War left many homely records of the time, but the artist's eye & ear were rare among them. This little book, first published in 1909 and now reissued after being long forgotten and overlooked by historians, is almost the only reminiscence of Abraham Lincoln's Illinois in the 1850s that ranks as a classic of prose.

Real as Rock. The author was an English-born wanderer and adventurer named Benjamin Henry Jesse Francis Shepard,...

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