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In this perceptive biography Mr Samuels rescues a young man from the injustice of an old one the young Henry Adams from the ironic hindsights and distortions of that great autobiography The Education of Henry Adams He shows Adams as he really was in his formative years a very human and ardent idealist forging out of fortune and misfortune the highly efficient tools of a career he had never thought to followMr Samuels tells the story of Henry Adams from the early years in uincy and Boston to 1877 when at the age of thirty nine he resigned his post as professor of history a.

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The Young Henry Adams

T Harvard and moved to Washington It is a story of influences tendencies and attitudes; of promise and the beginnings of fulfilment Here is the Adams who despite his inclination toward a literary life early laid plans for a career as a politician and statesman and who became in fact one of the most significant figures in the so called Reform Movement of the late '60s and early '70s Here are the years of intellectual awakening in England and the years of brilliant teaching at Harvard dramatically focused in his editorship of the North American Review Here in fact is the young.

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Henry Adams testing out in the laboratory of experience all his remarkable capacitiesIn the course of his development Adams perfected the tools of his craft of historian and social philosopher and sounded the main themes whose elaboration was to occupy the rest of his life Mr Samuels' revelation of that development reconstructed from contemporary materials constitutes the first objective picture of Henry Adams and will interest every student of ideas during the crucial Civil War period of American life Ernest Samuels is Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern Universit.