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Henry Adams
Samuels, Ernest, 1903-1996.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xiv, 504 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Abridgement of the author's 3 v. biographical and critical study of Adams, published between 1948 and 1964.

Includes index.
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Ernest Samuels' Pulitzer Prize-winning, multivolume work on Henry Adams is now a compact, updated, one-volume biography.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This one-volume condensation of Samuels' notable three-volume critical biography Henry Adams (Harvard, 1948, 1958, 1964) will prove a boon to smaller collections needing a study of the American historian. Even larger libraries holding the complete biography may wish to add this abridgment, since Samuels has revised, corrected, and reemphasized material he has come across in his more recent research as the editor of Adams' correspondence. In either case, Samuels' work remains an impressive biography of the famous biographer himself and a work that clarifies Adams' role as an icon of American intellectual life. Notes; to be indexed. --John Brosnahan

Publisher's Weekly Review

The aim of this masterful revision and abridgment of Samuel's three-volume, prize-winning biography, completed in 1964, is to bring into sharper focus the personality and career of this remarkable historian-biographer-novelist-journalist and thus get behind what Adams called his ``shield of protection,'' namely his History of Henry Adams. In a rich, stimulating study Samuels reveals the complex character of the author of the great History , the Educaton and Mont Saint Michel and Chartres ; and we see Adams in his various roles as Harvard undergraduate, London correspondent, teacher, muckraking Washington journalist, political gadfly and, after the suicide of his wife, compulsive world traveler. A man of broad cultural interests and a close friend of Henry James, Adams was at the hub of intellectual life on both sides of the Atlantic. He was courteous, combative, a passionate seeker after knowledge and a champion of women. He was also, despite a certain mystical bent, one of the first to attempt the scientific study of history. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This one-volume abridgment of Samuels's definitive three-volume biography of Adams, completed in 1964 ( LJ 10/15/48, 11/15/58, 12/15/64), will undoubtedly reach a wide and appreciative audience. All of the many virtues of the longer work are here--balance, compassion, and an unparalleled understanding of the culture and intellectual temper of Adams's America. Samuels is a one-man Adams industry--he has also helped edit the six volumes of letters which contribute so much to this new work. The life of Adams glows on every page.-- Harry W. Fritz, Univ. of Montana, Missoula (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

1 Brahmin Pattern
2 The Grand Tour
3 Witness to History
4 A Golden Time
5 A Young Reformer of Thirty
6 Harvard College Once More
7 In Quest of Historical Principles
8 The Return of the Native
9 Literary Debut
10 European Orbit
11 The Golden Age of Lafayette Square
12 Portraits Past and Present
13 The Forsaken Garden
14 The Season of Nirvana
15 History and the Posthumous Life
16 The Paradoxes of Polynesia
17 Between Worlds
18 Journey into Chaos
19 Brothers in Prophecy
20 Behind the Scenes
21 New England Gothic
22 Thirteenth-Century Unity
23 The Shield of Protection
24 Schoolboy at Seventy
25 Teacher of Teachers
26 The Benevolent Sage
27 The Abandoning Universe