Henry Adams

William Merrill Decker (Oklahoma State University)
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In 1998, the Modern Library editorial board designated

The Education of Henry Adams

the most important twentieth-century American work of nonfiction. The memoir of a descendent of two U.S. presidents, the book became a bestseller upon its posthumous publication and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Unbeknownst to many readers, then and now, the work by which Adams is best remembered represents the culmination of a long career which produced three biographies,

Life of Albert Gallatin


Life of John Randolph


Life of George Cabot Lodge

(1911), two novels




(1884), a nine-volume history of the early national period,

The History of the United States during the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

(1889-91), a history of Tahiti,

Memoirs of

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Citation: Decker, William Merrill. "Henry Adams". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 December 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=27, accessed 29 May 2024.]

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