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About the Author: Henry Adams

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Born in 1838 into one of the oldest and most distinguished families in Boston, a family which had produced two American presidents, Henry Adams had the opportunity to pursue a wide-ranging variety of intellectual interests during the course of his life. Functioning both in the world of practical men and afffairs (as a journalist and an assistant to his father, who was an American diplomat in Washinton and London), and in the world of ideas (as a prolific writer, the editor of the prestigious North American Review, and a professor of medieval, European, and American history at Harvard), Adams was one of the few men of his era who attempted to understand art, thought, culture, and history as one complex force field of interacting energies.

His two masterworks in this dazzling effort are Mont Saint Michel and Chartres and The Education of Henry Adams, published one after the other in 1904 and 1907. Taken together they may be read as Adams' spiritual autobiography — two monumental volumes in which he attempts to bring together into a vast synthesis all of his knowledge of politics, economics, psychology, science, philosophy, art, and literature in order to attempt to understand the individual's place in history and society. They constitute one of the greatest historical and philosophical meditations on the human condition in all of literature.


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Paperback, Published in Apr 2008 by Book Jungle

ISBN10: 1605974412 | ISBN13: 9781605974415

Page count: 184

Henry Adams was born in 1838. He was an American novelist, journalist and academic. Adams was born into one of America's most prominent political families with both his grandfather and great grandfather being U S presidents. After attending Harvard Adams went on a grand tour of Europe. On his return he became his father's personal secretary and accompanied him to London. On returning to the US he settle din Washington as a journalist and then became a professor of Medieval History at Harvard. In Democracy a relationship between a young hostess and a powerful politician develops. The political society in Washington during President Ulysses S. Grand's second term in office. Is the setting for this novel.

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