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Henry Adams

Historian (16-Feb-1838 — 28-Mar-1918)


Henry Adams. The Education of Henry Adams. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin. 1918. 519pp.

Max Isaac Baym. The French Education of Henry Adams. Columbia University Press. 1951.

Clive Bush. Halfway to Revolution: Investigation and Crisis in the Work of Henry Adams, William James and Gertrude Stein. Yale University Press. 1991. 509pp.

Joseph F. Byrnes. The Virgin of Chartres: An Intellectual and Psychological History of the Work of Henry Adams. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 1970.

Harold Dean Cater (editor). Henry Adams and His Friends: A Collection of His Unpublished Letters. Boston: Houghton. 1947. 797pp.

Edward Chalfant. Both Sides of the Ocean: A Biography of Henry Adams: His First Life, 1838-1862. Hamden, CT: Archon Books. 1982.

Edward Chalfant. Better in Darkness: A Biography of Henry Adams: His Second Life, 1862-1891. Hamden, CT: Archon Books. 1994.

Edward Chalfant. Improvement of the World: A Biography of Henry Adams: His Last Life, 1891-1918. North Haven, CT: Archon Books. 2001.

William Merrill Decker. The Literary Vocation of Henry Adams. University of North Carolina Press. 1990. 336pp.

William Merrill Decker; Earl N. Harbert (editors). Henry Adams and the Need to Know. University Press of Virginia. 2005. 383pp.

Timothy Paul Donovan. Henry Adams and Brooks Adams: The Education of Two American Historians. University of Oklahoma Press. 1961. 220pp.

William Dusinberre. Henry Adams: The Myth of Failure. University Press of Virginia. 1980. 250pp.

Earl N. Harbert (editor). Henry Adams: A Reference Guide. G. K. Hall. 1978. 96pp.

Earl N. Harbert. The Force So Much Closer Home: Henry Adams and the Adams Family. New York University Press. 1977. 224pp.

George Hochfield. Henry Adams: An Introduction and Interpretation. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. 1962. 150pp.

Robert A. Hume. Runaway Star: An Appreciation of Henry Adams. Cornell University Press. 1951.

Joanne Jacobson. Authority and Alliance in the Letters of Henry Adams. University of Wisconsin Press. 1992.

William H. Jordy. Henry Adams: Scientific Historian. Yale University Press. 1952. 327pp.

Eugenia Kaledin. The Education of Mrs. Henry Adams. University of Massachusetts Press. 1994. 336pp.

Harold Kaplan. Power and Order: Henry Adams and the Naturalist Tradition in American Fiction. University of Chicago Press. 1981. 158pp.

Robert Charles Le Clair. Three American Travellers in England: James Russell Lowell, Henry Adams, Henry James. Greenwood Press. 1978. 223pp. Reprint of a 1945 dissertation.

J. C. Levenson. The Mind and Art of Henry Adams. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1957. 430pp.

Melvin Lyon. Symbol and Idea in Henry Adams. University of Nebraska Press. 1970. 326pp.

Patricia Otoole. The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends. New York: Clarkson Potter. 1990. 459pp.

John Carlos Rowe (editor). New Essays on the Education of Henry Adams. Cambridge University Press. 1996. 176pp.

John Carlos Rowe. Henry Adams and Henry James: The Emergence of a Modern Consciousness. Cornell University Press. 1976. 254pp.

Ernest Samuels. The Young Henry Adams. Belknap Press. 1948.

Ernest Samuels. Henry Adams: The Middle Years. Belknap Press/Harvard University. 1958.

Ernest Samuels. Henry Adams: The Major Phase. Belknap Press. 1964.

Robert F. Sayre. Examined Self: Benjamin Franklin, Henry Adams, Henry James. Princeton University Press. 1964. 212pp.

Ernst Scheyer. The Circle of Henry Adams: Art & Artists. Wayne State University Press. 1970. 309pp.

Ernst Scheyer. The Circle of Henry Adams: Art and Artists. Wayne State University Press. 1970.

Brooks D. Simpson. The Political Education of Henry Adams. University of South Carolina Press. 1996. 154pp.

Arline Boucher Tehan. Henry Adams in Love: The Pursuit of Elizabeth Sherman Cameron. New York: Universe Books. 1983.

Vern Wagner. The Suspension of Henry Adams: A Study of Manner and Matter. Wayne State University Press. 1969. 268pp.

William Wasserstrom. The Ironies of Progress: Henry Adams and the American Dream. Southern Illinois University Press. 1984. 269pp.

Reed Whittemore. Six Literary Lives: The Shared Impiety of Adams, London, Sinclair, Williams, Dos Passos, and Tate. University of Missouri Press. 1992. 280pp.

Garry Wills. Henry Adams and the Making of America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 2005.

Garry Wills. Henry Adams and the Making of America: Henry Adams's History. Houghton Mifflin. 2005.

James P. Young. Henry Adams: The Historian as Political Theorist. University Press of Kansas. 2001. 344pp.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Wikipedia [link]

  4. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  5. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers (p.5)

  6. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.9)

  7. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.9)

  8. Webster's American Biographies (p.8)

  9. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.4)

  10. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.4)

  11. Authors Today and Yesterday (pp.3-6)

  12. American Authors 1600-1900 (pp.7-9)

  13. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.6)

  14. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.8)

  15. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.4)

  16. Makers of 19th Century Culture: 1800-1914 (p.2)

  17. Concise Dictionary of American Biography (p.5)

  18. Atlantic: Brief Lives: A Biographical Companion to the Arts (pp.4-6)

  19. Legends in Their Own Time (p.3)

  20. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.109)

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