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Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America written by Garry Wills and published by Simon & Schuster in 1992, won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction[1] and the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.[2]

The book uses Lincoln's notably short speech at Gettysburg to examine his rhetoric overall. In particular, Wills compares Lincoln's speech to Edward Everett's delivered on the same day, focusing on the influences of the Greek revival in the United States and 19th century transcendentalist thought. Wills also argues that Lincoln's speech draws from his interpretation of the Constitution; Lincoln considered the Declaration of Independence the first founding document, and therefore looked to its emphasis on equality (changing Locke's phrase "Life, Liberty, and Property" to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness") in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.


Review at New York Times


  1. "Pulitzer Prize Winners: General Non-Fiction" (web). Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  2. "All Past National Book Critics Circle Award Winners and Finalists" (web). 1992 Awards. The National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
Preceded by
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power
Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction
Succeeded by
Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire