Doris Kearns Goodwin comments on Lincoln

Lincoln by Pelzer

Lincoln by Pelzer



In the book Lincoln: The Screenplay by Tony Kushner, Doris Kearns Goodwin offers comments about Lincoln in the Forward. She describes meeting with Kushner early on to discuss writing the script for what would eventually become Lincoln the movie:

“At the end of the meeting, Tony came over to me, still full of doubts. “I know exactly what you’re feeling,” I said. “When I started Team of Rivals ten years ago, I had similar fears. With fifteen thousand books already published about the president and the Civil War, I knew I had to find my own angle. Then, even when I found my focus, by centering the story on Lincoln’s leadership skills, on the way he handled the troubled relationships with his former rivals, I still worried. And so will you. But I can promise you one thing. You’ll never regret any time you spend with Abraham Lincoln.” I then confessed that having finished the book, I missed waking up with Lincoln every morning, thinking about him every night when I went to bed. I told him what Ida Tarbell, the journalist/historian had said at the turn of the twentieth century when asked to explain why so many people spent so many years writing about Lincoln. It is simple, she said, it is because he is so companionable. Tony later told me that our talk that afternoon played an important role in his decision to accept the challenge.”

Great back-story. Thank you Ms. Kearns Goodwin for the encouragement you gave which eventually resulted in the movie!


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2 Responses to “Doris Kearns Goodwin comments on Lincoln”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Dave: I thought I noticed a difference but didn’t know why. Great info!

  2. Dave Wiegers says:

    Bill, I may not have shared this with you before, but my extensive research shows that all of the Mullins Lincoln statues, with the exception of the 1898 original in Middlesex, NJ, made by the Mullins Co. including the ones in the Detroit area were done by a another gentle man that worked for Mullins named John Segesman. Pelzer had returned to Europe well before the others were made and sold. You can compare the original and the later works and their is a similarity but great differences. The face is particularly different. I have some information and a letter from Segesman that lays this out pretty convincingly.

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