The Education of Henry Adams: An Autobiography

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 517 pages
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Few books have so firmly established their place in American literature as The Education of Henry Adams. When it was first published in 1918, it became an instant bestseller and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. More than eighty years later, in an age of self-reflection and exhaustive memoirs, The Education still stands as perhaps the greatest American autobiography. The son of a diplomat, the grandson and great-grandson of two American presidents, a man of extraordinary gifts and learning in his own right, Henry Adams recounts his life from his birth in 1838 and upbringing as a Boston Brahmin, through the Civil War, the nation's industrial expansion, and its emergence as a world power. In the process, he gives us a brilliant history of a changing country as well as a thoughtful, humane, often tender exploration of himself. From the original publisher, this edition of The Education of Henry Adams, newly introduced by Donald Hall, celebrates and honors this classic work on what it means to be an American.
 

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Quincy 18381848
3
Boston 18481854
23
Washington 18501854
40
Harvard College 18541858
54
Berlin 18581859
70
Rome 18591860
82
Treason 18601861
98
Diplomacy 1861
110
Failure 1871
299
Twenty Years After 1892
314
Chicago 1893
331
Silence 18941898
346
Indian Summer 18981899
362
The Dynamo and the Virgin 1900
379
Twilight 1901
391
Teufelsdrockh 1901
403

Foes or Friends 1862
128
Political Morality 1862
145
The Battle of the Rams 1863
167
Eccentricity 1863
180
The Perfection of Human Society 1864
194
Dilettantism 18651866
208
Darwinism 18671868
224
The Press 1868
237
President Grant 1869
255
Free Fight 18691870
268
Chaos 1870
284
The Height of Knowledge 1902
416
The Abyss of Ignorance 1902
426
Vis Inertiae 1903
436
The Grammar of Science 1903
449
Vis Nova 19031904
462
A Dynamic Theory of History 1904
474
A Law of Acceleration 1904
489
Nunc Age 1905
499
Index
509
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DONALD HALL, who served as poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president.

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