When Lincoln was practicing law, it was common for lawyers to write summaries of their cases and present them as fiction. These crime stories were very popular and, at that time, no one saw any ethical problem with this. Lincoln based his story, originally titled, A Remarkable Case of Arrest for Murder, on a the case in which he defended the Trailor brothers in 1841. Lincoln was a great fan of Poe's mystery stories and may have been inspired by them or it may have simply been the strangeness of the case that inspired him to turn it into a story five years after it happened.
A Remarkable Case of Arrest for Murder first appeared on the front page of the Quincy Whig on April 15, 1846 and was described as, "A murder mystery by Abraham Lincoln." The editors also went so far as to add the following editorial note:
The following narrative has been handed us for publication by a member of the bar. There is no doubt of the truth of every fact stated; and the whole affair is of so extraordinary a character as to entitle it to publication, and commend it to the attention of those at present engaged in discussing reforms in criminal jurisprudence, and the abolition of capital punishment.
©1846 The Quincy Whig Magazine; (P)1985 Jimcin Recordings
I am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I was just curious about what Abraham Lincoln had written. I guess I am still curious.
probably the Gettysburg Address.
narrator was fine. There wasn't anything for him to do
I would have made an actual story or mystery. This was more like a news article.
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