Natalie Dykstra - Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life

Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 1:00pm
Natalie Dykstra discusses Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life ($26.00), the true-life story of one of the most fascinating women of the Gilded Age. Married to historian Henry Adams, Clover was fiercely intelligent, an accomplished photographer, and the inspiration for Henry James's Daisy Miller and Portrait of a Lady. Yet, at age 42, she took her own life.

"What happened to Clover Adams broke Henry Adams’ heart. And, in Natalie Dykstra’s splendid retelling, it will break yours. This is a moving book, deeply researched, fast-paced, and profoundly engaging. It is not easy to write a book the family for so long did not want written. Natalie Dykstra has succeeded in doing so, and she has returned Clover Adams to us as a living figure." — Robert D. Richardson, author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire

Natalie Dykstra has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for her work on Clover Adams. She is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and associate professor of English at Hope College in Holland, MI.

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ISBN: 9780618873852
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 8th, 2012

A revelatory life of Clover Adams, casting a lens on her iconic marriage to historian Henry Adams and her fatal embrace of photography in her last months