ADAMS, Henry Brooks [1838-1918] -- American historian
SNOW, Francis Compton
Henry Brooks Adams
He was an historian, a political biographer and a philosopher,
living in Washington, DC.
Son of Charles Francis Adams (1807-86), ¤
grandson of John Quincy Adams (1767-1848). ¤
Although born into a tradition of elite political, social,
and intellectual leadership and activism,
Henry Adams remained essentially an observer rather than a participant in the robust
American life of the 1860-1912 period.
When his wife committed suicide in 1885,
Adams commissioned the well-known sculptor, Saint-Gaudens, to create a most unusual
work to be placed at her gravesite in Washington, DC.
It is a slightly larger than life bronze of a robed woman, seated, with eyes closed,
perhaps in meditation.
A deeply personal work, it is untitled.
There are no markings even to identify who is buried there.
The Education of Henry Adams (1907, 1918) Pulitzer prize History of the United States During the Administrations of Jefferson and Madison (1885-91, 9 volumes) Life of Albert Gallatin (1879) Life of John Randolph (1882) Mont-Saint Michel and Chartres (1904, 1913)
Bookmarks (off-site links)
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PAL: Henry Adams (1838-1918)
Better in Darkness: A Biography of Henry Adams, His Second Life, 1862-1891
by Edward Chalfant (reviews)
Specific periods, events, aspects
Electric Library's Encyclopedia.com
Historian Henry Adams commissioned (of Saint-Gaudens) this remarkable monument for the grave of his wife, Marion Hooper Adams, who died by suicide in 1885.
Find A Grave
Henry Adams Caricature
a medalion by Saint-Gaudens
More (much more!) on the Saint-Gaudens memorial Adams commissioned for his wife.
Mont Saint Michel and Chartres (Penguin Classics)
a teacher's guide
Henry Adams (1838-1918)
1894 presidential address to the American Historical Association, by Henry Adams.
2792. Adams, Henry Brooks. The Columbia World of Quotations. 1996