A talk and book signing for My Thoughts Be Bloody by Nora Titone tobe held October 13 at 6 pm at After-Words Books. There will be a wine reception following.
Thescene of John Wilkes Booth shooting Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre is one ofthe most vivid and indelible images in American history. The literal story ofwhat happened on April 14, 1865 is familiar: Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth, alunatic enraged at the Union victory and the prospect of black citizenship. Yetwho Booth really was—besides a killer—is less well known. The magnitude of hiscrime has obscured for generations a startling personal story that was integralto his motivation.
My Thoughts Be Bloody, a sweeping familysaga, revives an extraordinary figure whose name has been missing, until now,from the story of President Lincoln’s death. Edwin Booth, John Wilkes’s olderbrother by four years, was in his day the biggest star of the American stage.He won his celebrity at the precocious age of nineteen, before the Civil Warbegan, when John Wilkes was a schoolboy. Without an account of Edwin Booth,Titone argues, the real story of Lincoln’sassassin has never been told. Using private letters, diaries and reminiscencesof the Booth family, Titone has uncovered a hidden history that reveals thereasons why John Wilkes Booth became this country’s most notorious assassin.
Thedetails of the conspiracy to kill Lincolnhave been well documented elsewhere. MyThoughts Be Bloody tells a new story, one that sheds light on Booth’sdecision to conspire against the President by setting that decision in thecontext of a bitterly divided family—and nation. By the end of this journey,readers will see Abraham Lincoln’s death less as the result of the war betweenthe North and South, than the climax of a dark struggle between two brotherswho never wore the uniform of soldiers, except on stage.
Nora Titone studiedAmerican History and Literature as an undergraduate at HarvardUniversity, and earned an M.A. inHistory at the University of California, Berkeley.She has worked as a historical researcher for a range of academics, writers andartists involved in projects about nineteenth-century America. Shelives in Chicago.My Thoughts Be Bloodyis her first book.
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