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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Darold Leigh Henson  

Pen Name: D. Leigh Henson

Genre: History

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1942 in Lincoln, Illinois

-- D. Leigh Henson on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Henson was born and raised in Lincoln and attended Lincoln College his freshman year before earning a bachelor's degree in English at Illinois State University in 1964.

Biographical and Professional Information

D. Leigh Henson taught English at Pekin Community High School for thirty years (1964—1994), and during that time he earned a master’s in American literature and Ph.D. in English studies, both from Illinois State University. Also during his Pekin years, he taught freshman composition part time at Illinois Central College for several semesters. In the mid-1980s he was a part-time writing consultant and freelance writer and editor whose clients included local engineering firms and Caterpillar Inc. [sic]. From 1990 to 1993 Henson was a founding partner of Technical Publication Associates, Inc. Beginning in 1994 he taught technical and marketing communication in the English Department of Missouri State University until becoming professor emeritus in 2006 and then taught online two more years. His articles about the theory, practice, and teaching of writing have appeared in several academic journals. In recent years he has been a member of the Illinois State Historical Society. His article on the social -cultural history of the town of Lincoln as seen in William Maxwell’s writings and his article on Mr. Lincoln’s 1858 namesake town rally-speech were published in the ''Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society''.

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Titles At Your Library

The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned
ISBN: 1450754155

n/a. 2011

The Town Abraham Lincoln Warned: The Living Namesake Heritage of Lincoln, Illinois. For generations and in many ways, Lincoln, Illinois--the only town named for Abraham Lincoln before he became famous--, has searched for, commemorated, exploited, and sometimes neglected its Abraham Lincoln-related history and the Lincoln legend in general. The tradition of engaging in these activities forms the town's namesake heritage, and this book probes the questions of how this town has created that heritage and how well it has done so. This book is not just a new history of the first Lincoln namesake town--it is a new kind of local history because it blends Lincoln heritage-related reminiscence from the author's years of growing up in the first Lincoln namesake town in the 1940s and 1950s his history research accounts of his community service of recent years relating to the local Lincoln heritage his commentary on the town's Abraham Lincoln-related literature, art, and civic life. The last chapter, "Conclusions and Recommendations," has various recommended strategies for how to expand this local Lincoln heritage to increase civic pride and heritage tourism--with significant economic benefits. The book measures 6 by 9 inches and has xxvi pp + 214 pp = 240 total pages, 73 grayscale illustrations (mostly original photos, a couple of picture postcards, a few scanned pages of documents, and a photo of a painting in the Abraham Lincoln Heritage Museum of Lincoln College), 300 endnotes with dozens of sources cited ranging from published histories of Lincoln and Logan County to major Abraham Lincoln biographies and to the creative writing (literature) of Lincolnites Langston Hughes, William Maxwell, and Robert Wilson. On April 27, 2012 this book was given an award for superior achievement by the Illinois State Historical Society at its 32nd Annual Illinois History Symposium. Some reviews are printed on the back cover.

Inventing Lincoln: Approaches to His Rhetoric
ISBN: 1540745643

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2017

Inventing Lincoln: Approaches to His Rhetoric does not develop a new, provocative interpretation of Abraham Lincoln—as some readers might require to justify a new Lincoln book—but it does pursue a purpose that none of the other 15,000+ books in Lincoln studies has ever attempted. This book examines how Lincoln’s rhetoric has been treated in twenty-one Lincoln biographies, from 1872 to 2016, and thirty-six rhetorical studies, from 1900 to 2015: five books and thirty-one book chapters or essays published in peer-reviewed journals largely unfamiliar to the general public. Treatments of Lincoln as a speaker/writer have in turn shaped the world’s perceptions of Lincoln the man, Lincoln the politician, and Lincoln the statesman. For more information, access

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