The Mind and Art of Henry Adams

The Mind and Art of Henry Adams

The Mind and Art of Henry Adams

The Mind and Art of Henry Adams

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In the course of writing this book, I contracted many obligations of gratitude. For my awareness of Henry Adams' existence apart from the written word, I owe thanks first of all to the vigorous personal testimony of his nieces, Mrs. Robert Homans and Mrs. Ward Thoron. I am also grateful to Mrs. Homans for letting me use the Adams manuscripts which she has deposited in the Houghton Library at Harvard University, including the correspondence of Brooks and Henry Adams, and I thank the Houghton Library for access to these and other Adams materials. I am doubly indebted to the Massachusetts Historical Society--for use of the enormously rich Adams Papers deposited there by the Adams Manuscript Trust, and for access to the basic collection of Henry Adams' personal library. Professor William A. Jackson of the Houghton Library and Mr. Stephen T. Riley, Librarian of the Massachusetts Historical Society, extended kindness to me beyond the measure of official hospitality.

In the questions I have put to my subject matter and the ways I have tried to understand it, I am indebted to Professors Paul Herman Buck, Perry Miller, Kenneth B. Murdock, and Henry Nash Smith. I have a special debt to the late F. O. Matthiessen. I should also like to express my gratitude to those fellow scholars whom I know indirectly through their . . .

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