Tripp's extensive new research proves it simply cannot have been the case.
And many experts, including Pulitzer Prize winning Lincoln historian David Herbert Donald now concede it is so.
Even before it was published the book created a firestorm of debate -- most of it predictable along political lines. The left proclaimed a curious victory saying, incorrectly that the book shows beyond all doubt that Lincoln was gay. The right responded angrily that Lincoln could not have been gay since he fathered four sons and they dismissed his so-called encounters as false and malicious.
Tripp could not respond. He died two weeks after completing his book and one of the key elements of his work, proving that Lincoln and Rutledge were not star-crossed lovers, is in serious danger of being ignored.
Tripp told a friend shortly before he died that he knew the work would be controversial and that, while he believed he had made his case, he wanted each reader to draw his or her own conclusion.
As the book's editor, Lewis Gannett puts it: "You get to a point where you just shake your head and say, How the hell did [Lincoln] do it? How did he save the union, survive the challenges of his troubled wife Mary, endure the deaths of two sons, preside over the bloodiest era of American history, all the while fending off widespread contempt, and in the end emerge a hero? A secretive, enigmatic, genius hero? With a manic and dirty sense of humor? Who had close and controversial relationships with other men his entire life? Lincoln is far from solved and probably never will be satisfactorily explained but Tripp has made the picture less murky. His accomplishment is stunning."
For more information on Tripp's research, visit http://www.theintimateworldofabrahamlincoln.com.
The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln by C.A. Tripp was published by the Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster.
[Source: The Estate of C.A. Tripp]
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