A HENRY ADAMS READER by Elizabeth-Ed. Stevenson


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With the useful, and too long neglected object of displaying the range of Adams' interests and the variety of his insights, Miss Stevenson has run his literary gamut, with only a brief sampling from the inevitable Education of . . There are letters from his tropical travels, a description of his visit to Garibaldi, a lengthy and brilliant article on the gold manipulations of Gould and Fisk, a highly abstruse and speculative essay on the possible application of Willard Gibbs' phase theory to the history of man, a Ruskinesque section on church architecture, as well as bits of biographical writings (Gallatin, John Smith, John Randolph), general history and poetry. The collection not only vastly deepens one's appreciation of Henry Adams, but regardless of one's personal tastes, is everywhere rewarding and compelling in its own right.

Publisher: Doubleday