The Education of Henry Adams
Cosimo, Inc., 2008 M01 24 - 456 pages
Originally written for close friends and family The Education of Henry Adams was released to the public only after the death of its author, American historian HENRY BROOKS ADAMS (1838-1918), a member of the Adams political family, Harvard professor of medieval history, and a journalist dedicated to exposing corruption. A reflective chronicle of life as a man crossing eras, Adams details how he saw the world around him change from the 19th century to the 20th. The schooling he had as a child left him wholly unprepared for the newer, faster world. The 20th century was dominated by scientific development, and Adams's education had been grounded in classical literature and history-areas that, he believed, offered no real advantages to modern man. Readers interested in historical periods of transition will find this autobiography a moving and thoughtful way to access the stresses and fears of those who lived through the last great societal shift.
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Page 5 - As he grew accustomed to the great gallery of machines, he began to feel the forty-foot dynamos as a moral force, much as the early Christians felt the Cross.
Page 18 - The bearing of the two seasons on the education of Henry Adams was no fancy; it was the most decisive force he ever knew; it ran through life, and made the division between its perplexing, warring, irreconcilable problems, irreducible opposites, with growing emphasis to the last year of study. From earliest childhood the boy was accustomed to feel that, for him, life was double.
Page 20 - From cradle to grave this problem of running order through chaos, direction through space, discipline through freedom, unity through multiplicity, has always been, and must always be, the task of education, as it is the moral of religion, philosophy, science, art, politics, and economy...
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