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Fred Kaplan

Biography

Fred Kaplan

Fred Kaplan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of LINCOLN: The Biography of a Writer, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. His biography of Thomas Carlyle was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Boothbay, Maine.

Fred Kaplan

Books by Fred Kaplan

by Fred Kaplan - History, Nonfiction

LINCOLN AND THE ABOLITIONISTS, a frank look at Lincoln, "warts and all," provides an in-depth look at how these two presidents came to see the issues of slavery and race, and how that understanding shaped their perspectives. In a far-reaching historical narrative, Fred Kaplan offers a nuanced appreciation of both these great men and the events that have characterized race relations in America for more than a century --- a legacy that continues to haunt us all.

by Fred Kaplan - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams --- the little known and much misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams --- and persuasively demonstrates how Adams's inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America.