Letters to a Niece: And Prayer to the Virgin of Chartres

Letters to a Niece: And Prayer to the Virgin of Chartres

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Letters to a Niece: And Prayer to the Virgin of Chartres

Letters to a Niece: And Prayer to the Virgin of Chartres

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The letters in this volume, begun from the South Seas, to a niece of fifteen, are offered in all humility, and in full realization that they probably have little literary value compared to Henry Adams's letters to contemporaries, and no value or interest where there is personal praise, except to show his wealth of heart that had to spend itself, even upon the most unworthy.

There is no attempt to offer a complete series of letters, but rather some are chosen to accompany or illustrate parts of the article A Niece's Memories,--used here as an introductory sketch,--which in turn must supplement the letters.

The notes toward the end are merely such as are written to people living in the same town, or near by, and are intended for those who can see, between the lines, that Henry Adams was in the world but not wholly of it, and that what he has so beautifully expressed in literary form in the Chartres, and in the Prayer to the Virgin, was not only literature to him, but was also a part of his unspoken life.

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