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Other Profession(s): Journalist, NoveList, Academic, Historian
Famous For: The Education of Henry Adams, The History of the United States of America 1801–1817
Higher Education: Graduated
'Henry Brooks Adams' was born to Charles Francis Adams and Abigail Brooks Adams in Boston, Massachusetts in 1838. His father, John Quincy Adams, was the sixth American president, and his mother was the daughter of a wealthy Bostonian. As a youngster, he was raised near Boston's biggest private library and surrounded by politics and history.
Henry Adams started his writing career by sending anonymous letters to newspapers in London and Washington. When he eventually made it back to America in 1868, he continued to consider a political career while working as a reform writer in Washington.
In 1870, he accepted a position as a history professor at Harvard after being horrified by the corruption in the Grant administration and realising he had no place in the government.
Adams wrote two books in the 1880s, the first of which, Democracy, appeared anonymously in 1880 and shot to fame in English literary circles.
With the help of his brother Charles Francis Adams, Adams oversaw the editing of The North American Review, a significant American intellectual and literary periodical, in the late 1860s and early 1870s.
Adams self-published a copy of "Mont Saint Michel and Chartres" in 1904.
In 1907, he released The Education of Henry Adams in a limited private edition for a few chosen friends.
Achievements and Awards:
His work "The Education of Henry Adams" was selected as the finest book of the 20th century by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
In 1919, Henry received the Pulitzer Prize.
Adams experienced a stroke in 1912, which may have been triggered by hearing of the Titanic's disaster, for which he had tickets for a return trip to Europe.
On March 27, 1918, Henry Adams passed away in Washington, DC, at the age of 80.