When he reaches 1870, he suddenly skips twenty years. If you're deeply versed in 19th century American politics, you'll probably find his comments on those men and dozens of others amusing and interesting. It was an introductory political theory course. His father, , had served as ambassador to the United Kingdom during the Civil War, and had been elected to the. There was a time when it seemed that almost every American high school or college student read at least a portion of the book. Rock Creek was as wild as the Rocky Mountains.
I've read other autobiographies with no problems, I just couldn't really get into this one. Suggestions for Further Reading Henry Adams manuscripts from the Massachusetts Historical Society, Houghton Library of Harvard University, and the John Hay Library of Brown University are collected in a 36-reel microfilm edition as: Adams, Henry. History of the United States of America during the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson. Throughout human history the waste of mind has been appalling, and, as this story is meant to show, society has conspired to promote it. Women had virtually no role in the society of his day—they certainly did not have the vote—except as helpmeets and incubators of heirs. Dixwell in Boston where he was graduated in June 1854. Other significant subjects that Adams covers include his personal views on several Presidents, including some very strong feelings about Grant, as well as some lack of interest many that came after, and concern over the youth of Roosevelt.
Henry Adams is never off the page. The answer lies in the hundreds of defects that mar every previously available edition. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. As Henry read of initial Union defeats in the war, however, he wanted to enlist in the military and fight. The couple spent the next academic year on an extended honeymoon in Europe and Egypt. I must admit that I found this book exasperating in the extreme.
An interesting side-note to this period is that they had exchanges of letters with Karl Marx. The object of education for that mind should be the teaching itself how to react with vigor and economy. But the books we were assigned are all worthwhile and I would lo The Education of Henry Adams is on my list of books to re-read. He correctly predicted that the 20th century would have even more explosive changes. Some of his ideas are outdated. Henry Brooks Adams was born into one of the oldest and most distinguished families in Boston, a family which had produced two American presidents, giving him the opportunity to pursue a wide-ranging variety of intellectual interests during the course of his life.
Personal Background Henry Brooks Adams was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 16, 1838, the fourth of seven children of Charles Francis Adams and Abigail Brooks Adams. In short, the impression was that Adams had taken all of the stuff of his life—his doings, his friendships, his thoughts, his career, his background—and left it out to bake in the hot sun, until all the savor and succulence was scorched out of it, leaving only a tough jerky that wearies the jaw in the attempt to chew the husk. Henry would understand: our attempts to educate ourselves seldom have the result we desire. The Education is narrated in the third person. It all works very well because, as Adams was well aware, he was born into a position of privilege it's hard to imagine--direct line of two presidents--but back when families like this had a tremendous civic ethic. It was fascinating for me to learn that in 1861, when the author arrived in England as a private secretary to his U. As a journalist, historian, and novelist born into a family that included two past Presidents, Henry Adams was forever focused on the experiences and expectations unique to America.
It wasn't at all what I expected of an American patriarchal autobiography. Letters omitted from the Harvard University Press edition are available as bound typescripts in: Adams, Henry. After that , every page, every paragraph had to be thought about. Everyone agrees that this book is difficult and odd. This is by far the best account I've read of this progression, which Adams tells as a quasi-autobiography. Charles Francis Adams deftly kept England out of direct interference in the American Civil War, for which he should be highly commended. Despite its commercial success, the novel has never received much critical acclaim.
He wrote a multivolume history of the Jefferson and Madison administrations. This social context makes The Education so important, but the trappings of success did not mean much to a restless individualist such as Adams. Author Henry Adams was grandson of President John Quincy Adams and great-grandson of President John Adams. Finding his German inadequate, he enrolled in a German secondary school. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, 1986. I slogged through a Kindle edition of this classic, dodging the typos, and struggled with what to make of it. Adams's thoroughly documented vision remains one of the most absorbing American autobiographies ever written.
Henry Adams was the original celebutante: famous for nothing other than being related to the two John Adams es , he was in the unique position of having access to the upper crust of post-revolutionary America without having the burden of any kind of responsibility. Although he was born in Boston, Henry felt as a child that he belonged to Quincy, where the family spent their summers. The Adams assignment of securing English neutrality in the war was critical to the northern strategy. This book makes it to number one on all the greatest hits of nonfiction lists. He traveled the South Seas and visited Japan with the artist John La Farge and was especially close to geologist Clarence King and statesman John Hay.
With the viewpoint of an insider, Adams quickly shows, through an inquiring but initially naïve female protagonist, that the title is ironic as he exposes the political and personal corruption of Washington. A trip to Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D. Entitled The Education of Henry Adams it is much more a record of Adams's introspection than of his deeds. Functioning both in the world of practical men and affairs as a journalist and an assistant to his father, who was an American diplomat in Washington 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. It is also an invitation to visit the churches someday, perhaps, in person and the era in your imagination.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1964. He seems to have been a man of good grace, kindness and ability. There is no way to channel Adams, no way to know in every instance how he would have resolved all the apparent editorial problems in the 1907 printing, but using other Adams publications and his correspondence from the time as guides, the editors-Edward Chalfant, Professor Emeritus of English at Hofstra University, and Conrad Edick Wright, the Society's Ford Editor of Publications-have determined the author's preferences on scores of points. My answer to that is maybe it did a little bit. It is meant to help young men—or such as have intelligence enough to seek help—but it is not meant to amuse them.