Few books have so firmly established their place in American literature as The Education of Henry Adams. When it was first published in 1918, it became an instant bestseller and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. More than eighty years later, in an age of self-reflection and exhaustive memoirs, The Education still stands as perhaps the greatest American autobiography. The son of a diplomat, the grandson and great-grandson of two American presidents, a man of extraordinary gifts and learning in his own right, Henry Adams recounts his life from his birth in 1838 and upbringing as a Boston Brahmin, through the Civil War, the nation's industrial expansion, and its emergence as a world power. In the process, he gives us a brilliant history of a changing country as well as a thoughtful, humane, often tender exploration of himself. From the original publisher, this edition of The Education of Henry Adams, newly introduced by Donald Hall, celebrates and honors this classic work on what it means to be an American.
About the Author
Henry Adams, grandson of John Adams and great-grandson of John Quincy Adams, was born in Boston on February 16, 1838. He died in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 1918. While his most famous work was History of the United States of America during the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, he is also known and respected for The Education of Henry Adams.
Donald Hall is the author of many children's favorites, including The Ox-Cart Man (a Caldecott Medal winner), I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat and Lucy's Summer, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America (OUP, 1985). He has also written a dozen books of poetry, most recently
Without. He lives on a farm in New Hampshire.
Henry Cabot Lodge (1850 1924) was a Republican senator and historian from Massachusetts. He is best known for his positions on foreign policy, especially his battle with President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 over the Treaty of Versailles. He graduated from Harvard College and was the first student to graduate Harvard University with a PhD in political science. Lodge was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1878 and served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1880 1881; he also represented his home state in the United States House of Representatives from 1887 1893 and in the Senate from 1893 1924. He is the author of a number of historical works, including "Alexander Hamilton", "Hero Tales from American History", "Theodore Roosevelt", and many others.
"The pleasure of reading The EDUCATION is the pleasure of seeing history come alive." -- Alfred Kazin