The Life of Franklin Pierce was written as a "campaign life" shortly before the election of Pierce to the presidency in 1852....
|Title||:||Life of Franklin Pierce|
|Number of Pages||:||128 Pages|
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Life of Franklin Pierce Reviews
It's worth the read because Hawthorne wrote it, but it is unashamedly sycophantic. One should not write about biographies about their friends. Fortunately, it is short.
A unique reading experience. I don't know Hawthorne for his biographical work, and I can see why. This reads more like a novel about a great hero than an unbiased look at this little known president. Hawthorne had personal connections to Pierce, and his admiration shows. The details he includes help to convey the story of the man, even if with a sugar coating. What's horrifying and entertaining at the same time is Hawthorne's defense of Pierce's controversial stances on issues like slavery. Glad I read it.
Definitely political propoganda written by a romantic person. How can anyone be so perfect? Hawthorne doesn't say one bad thing about him. He must have done something that wasn't successful. It was interesting reading about a President from a person who knew him.
It is a testament to their friendship that Hawthorne was willing to put his name on such a terrible work. Hawthorne drones in verbose, patriotic language about Pierce's love for country, honor and zeal as an attorney, and valor in battle. Writing of his role in the War with Mexico, one would think Pierce's leadership was an inspiration to everyone around. By historical accounts, Pierce arrived when most of the fighting was over, and spent much of the time in a tent with diarrhea.I read this as part of a project to read at least one biography of each US President, with an eye toward pairing this book with a more neutral, historical approach. I can honestly say that so far, even that was not worth the effort, as this book didn't contain much information that shed any meaningful light.It is fortunately a short read, but unless you're writing a thesis on electoral literature of the antebellum, I can't see any reason to add this to your shelf.