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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Lloyd Downs Lewis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1891 Chicago, Illinois

-- Lloyd Downs Lewis on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

After 12 years as publicist for Balaban and Katz, Lewis in 1930 joined the Chicago Daily News as drama critic, becoming subsequently sports editor, managing editor, and a popular columnist.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lewis was an ardent Chicagoan and Midwesterner with a voracious interest in the Civil War. His friends included Carl Sandburg, Sherwood Anderson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Sinclair Lewis, and Adlai Stevenson. Chicago's Newberry Library was his second home; drawing on his personal contacts, he established the library's superb collection of modern (chiefly Midwestern) manuscripts.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Sherman: Fighting Prophet

Harcourt, Brace & Co.. 1932

Illustrated with reproductions of maps, engravings and photographs

The Assassination of Lincoln: History and Myth
ISBN: 1567314090

Mjf Books. 2000

The Civil War officially ended at Appomattox soon after President Lincoln’s second inauguration. During his first term he had been widely viewed by special-interest groups as a good-natured, indecisive bungler, and worse. In the South he was still despised, and many in the North, especially the radicals in the Republican party, distrusted and derided his leniency toward the vanquished. On the evening of April 14, 1865, an assassin’s bullet irrevocably altered the way Abraham Lincoln would be viewed by Americans. In life a cunning politician, Lincoln became in death a selfless martyr. Lloyd Lewis explicates the mythology that evolved out of Lincoln’s death, the outpouring of national grief, the pursuit of John Wilkes booth and the conspirators, booth’s fate, and the frequent moving and reburial of Lincoln’s coffin.