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By Seth Grahame-Smith

Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls in the course of the dense woods that encompass a one-room cabin, the place a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his agony mother's bedside. She's been bothered with anything the old-timers name "Milk Sickness."

"My child boy..." she whispers earlier than dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe study that his mother's deadly sickness was once truly the paintings of a vampire.

When the reality turns into recognized to younger Lincoln, he writes in his magazine, "henceforth my existence will probably be one among rigorous examine and devotion. I shall develop into a grasp of brain and physique. And this mastery shall have yet one purpose..." proficient together with his mythical top, power, and ability with an ax, Abe units out on a course of vengeance that might lead him all of the strategy to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is generally lauded for saving a Union and releasing hundreds of thousands of slaves, his valiant struggle opposed to the forces of the undead has remained within the shadows for centuries. that's, till Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon the key magazine of Abraham Lincoln, and have become the 1st residing individual to put eyes on it in additional than a hundred and forty years.

Using the magazine as his consultant and writing within the grand biographical variety of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the genuine lifestyles tale of our best president for the 1st time-all whereas revealing the hidden historical past in the back of the Civil conflict and uncovering the position vampires performed within the start, development, and near-death of our state.

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A Literary Prometheus is an ironic apology for Lucian's principal literary innovation, the comic dialogue, and it is interesting in that it makes so explicit the author's claim to originality in an age not known for it and confirms the characterization of this form of dialogue, also found in The Double Indictment, as an incongruous combination of inherently divergent genres. 56 Although these works are written to defend the aesthetic assumptions of Lucian's hybrid of comedy and philosophical dialogue, and hence are, of course, tendentious, they nevertheless point to a set of qualities found in many of Lucian's works: the curious amalgam of serious and comic tendencies, the salient incongruity that he repeatedly compares to those "decorative monsters" of myth in which two species UNRULY ELOQUENCE combine their forms—the hippocentaur, hippocamp, or goatstag (tragelapbos: Zeuxis 7).

Humor is the means of reconceptualizing Dialogue's generic perspective. In freeing UNRULY ELOQUENCE the old man of logic-chopping arguments (leptologôn: 34) he has restored him to the earthly reality of common understanding. He frankly admits that the result has an unfamiliar look, woven as it is from antagonistic traditions, but that is precisely its virtue: more engaging than philosophy and more truthful than rhetoric. 49 He may be a "barbarian" (barbaros autos einai: 34), but, insists the Syrian, his outlandish dialogues are clothed in native Greek attire.

Lucian wants his audience not only to be aware that his innovations are out of the ordinary (xenizon: 2), but also that, as in Zeuxis' painting, they are executed with a formal control and sense of tradition (ton arkhaion kanona: 2) that would please an audience of artists (graphikoi: 12). Such an audience consists of pepaideumenoi (educated men) whose literary background is deep enough to distinguish mere sleight of hand from formal invention, or adaptation from theft. 53 Thus Lucian juxtaposes positive and negative examples (ekphrasis and anecdote, respectively) of the use of novelty (kainotës) to invite a receptive but critical response from his audience by illustrating the difference between the artist's use of exotica and the exploitation of it by Antiochus for the purpose of creating mere shock and surprise.

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