Good brother, bad brother : the story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth

by Giblin, James Cross, 1933-2016.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j E457.5.G53 2005
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Edwin Booth and his younger brother John Wilkes Booth were, in many ways, two of a kind. They were among America's finest actors, having inherited their father's commanding stage presence along with his penchant for alcohol and impulsive behavior. In other respects, the two brothers were very different. Edwin was more introspective, while John was known for his passionate intensity. They stood at opposite poles politically, as well: Edwin voted for Abraham Lincoln; John was an ardent advocate of the Confederacy.

Award-winning author James Cross Giblin draws on first-hand accounts of family members, friends, and colleagues to create vivid images of Edwin Booth and his brother John Wilkes, best known today as the man who shot Abraham Lincoln. He traces the events leading up to the assassination and describes the effects of John Wilkes's infamous deed on himself, his family, and his country. Comprehensive and compelling, this dual portrait illuminates a dark and tragic moment in the nation's history and explores the complex legacy of two leading men--one revered, the other abhorred. Notes, bibliography, index.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 5-8. Giblin never forgets the story part of history. In this absorbing narrative, he frames the intertwined tale of two brothers with accounts of their families, friends, the Civil War, and ninteenth-century theater. Edwin and John Wilkes were sons of Junius Booth, also a famed actor, and Edwin learned his craft in part as a young teen, traveling with his touring father to keep him from drinking too much. Alcoholism and depression afflicted the family, but Giblin is brilliant at showing that darkness was only one part of a life. Edwin's support of the North and John Wilkes' passion for the Southern cause drove a wedge in the family, and John Wilkes' assassination of Lincoln--plotted out for readers from historical documents with breathtaking clarity--haunted Edwin and his family. With settings that range from Australia to Germany, from New York to San Francisco, each vividly reconstructed, Giblin's book will engross readers until the very last footnote. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Booth, John Wilkes, -- 1838-1865 -- Juvenile literature.
Booth, John Wilkes, -- 1838-1865 -- Family -- Juvenile literature.
Booth, Edwin, -- 1833-1893 -- Juvenile literature.
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Assassination -- Juvenile literature.
Booth, John Wilkes, -- 1838-1865.
Booth, John Wilkes, -- 1838-1865 -- Family.
Booth, Edwin, -- 1833-1893.
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Assassination.
Assassins -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Actors -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Brothers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Actors and actresses.
Publisher New York :Clarion Books,2005
Audience Age 10-14.
Language English
Description 244 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-233) and index.
ISBN 0618096426
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