Friday, February 13, 2009
Professor Harry V. Jaffa was quoted today about his fascination with, and scholarship about, Lincoln. Here's the quotation from The Washington Times.
There's always been a peculiar fascination with Lincoln, not only by Americans but throughout the world," said Harry V. Jaffa, a Lincoln scholar whose acclaimed 1959 book on the Lincoln-Douglas debates is still in print. "He would have been amazed."
Mr. Jaffa cites Lincoln's affability, accessibility and eloquence as sources of the abiding interest. "He is the kind of person you could sit down with and talk to; he was always yarning," he said.. . .
Lincoln possessed "the genius of Shakespeare," said Mr. Jaffa, citing his powerfully uplifting speeches such as the Gettysburg Address.