Democracy, an American Novel (Paperback) - Adams, Henry

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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Fiction / Literary; Fiction / Political; Drama / American; Fiction / Classics; Fiction / Historical; Fiction / Horror; Fiction / Literary; Fiction / Political; Literary Criticism / American / General; Political Science / Political Ideologies / Democracy;

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Publisher General Books
Mfg Part# 9781153599566
SKU 214921436
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1153599562
Release Date 6/6/2013
Author Info
Henry Adams
Henry Adams was the grandson of President John Quincy Adams. He graduated from Harvard University, and at the age of 20 decided to be a writer. He served as the secretary of his father, Charles Francis Adams, accompanying him on a diplomatic term in England during the Civil War. At that time, Adams began publishing scholarly articles. Upon his return to the United States, he published general articles on the Reconstruction government, which showed some of the vitriol which would mark his later work. A medieval historian, Adams returned to Harvard to teach, and edited "The North American Review". Because of his schooling at Harvard and the rarefied political atmosphere in which he grew up, Adams maintained friendships with the likes of Henry James, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Henry Hobson Richardson, Henry Cabot Lodge, and John Hay. When Adams was 48, his wife Marian (also his closest friend and confidante) committed suicide. Profoundly depressed and shocked, Adams began to travel and pursue knowledge in a purer, less rigid manner than he had as a historian. A year after his death in 1918, "The Education of Henry Adams" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Henry Adams was the grandson of President John Quincy Adams. He graduated from Harvard University, and at the age of 20 decided to be a writer. He served as the secretary of his father, Charles Francis Adams, accompanying him on a diplomatic term in England during the Civil War. At that time, Adams began publishing scholarly articles. Upon his return to the United States, he published general articles on the Reconstruction government, which showed some of the vitriol which would mark his later work. A medieval historian, Adams returned to Harvard to teach, and edited "The North American Review". Because of his schooling at Harvard and the rarefied political atmosphere in which he grew up, Adams maintained friendships with the likes of Henry James, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Henry Hobson Richardson, Henry Cabot Lodge, and John Hay. When Adams was 48, his wife Marian (also his closest friend and confidante) committed suicide. Profoundly depressed and shocked, Adams began to travel and pursue knowledge in a purer, less rigid manner than he had as a historian. A year after his death in 1918, "The Education of Henry Adams" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Praise
"The too-easy irony of the situation makes one hesitate to use Henry Adams against himself--to instance the enduring quality of his own work in contradiction of his belief that American society was deteriorating to the point where he could no longer speak to it. Only the urbanity of 'Democracy', the constant play of wit around its serious theme, possibly suggests, by its contrast to the deadly earnestness of the present-day political novel, that we may indeed have traveled a certain distance down the road from grace, as Adams defined grace. For the rest, almost seventy-five years after it was first published, Adams' novel is as relevant to our time as the current Presidential campaigns."
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0122
Publisher General Books
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