April 24, 1919, Philadelphia Inquirer
BOOK OF THE DAY
The story before us is based on a careful study not only of all that is known of the two young people most concerned but of the environment and the social conditions of the period in the West. As told the narrative is fiction, although it is as close to history as any such work can be at this distance of time. While it may seem difficult for some to believe that his little prairie flower was such an unusual young woman it is fortunate that abundant evidence exists as to the general veracity of what this narrative discloses.
Life in Central Illinois eighty years ago was so different from anything which exists now that it is hard to get back to that environment unless one is personally familiar with some of the conditions in other though later primitive communities. In his day Abraham Lincoln was as well off as the average young man. It is ridiculous to think that his rise was spectacular because of obstacles of poverty and station. Also Ann Rutledge was a young woman who might have married the richest man in the section without comment. It is because we learn not only of Lincoln and his lost love but of the time and place and historical atmosphere that this book is so interesting and instructive. As a story of a lovely girl of long ago it is charming. Published by the J.B. Lippincott Company.
Contributed by Kristin Vaughn