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Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Natalie Dykstra has done much justice to the life and work of Cl

    Natalie Dykstra has done much justice to the life and work of Clover Adams. This is a beautiful book about a fleeting and lavishly imagined life. As in any story of a young woman of promise who takes her own life, this one is shocking and harshly jarring. We seem to know her somehow. And in that "knowing" it's difficult to let her go so easily. No matter how many books are written about Clover Adams, I will always wish I knew what made her decide to drink that horrible vial of poison...why she chose to end her life as if trashed upon the wasteland of her artwork. I will never quite be able to forgive Henry Adams for his harshness and cruelties to her, for disallowing her to shine, and for dismissing her so quickly from his mouth and memoirs.


    This is a very readable and extensive work by Ms Dykstra. She's a capable and learned biographer who has treated the life and heart of Clover Adams with delicacy and honor. I loved this book and highly recommend it. Without regard to Henry Adams, although he does play a major part in Clover's life, obviously, I think it's a strong slice of American history from a woman's perspective. And I think it's a great tribute to the heart of women during an age of repression.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2014

    A very sensitive,well researched, and well written account of th

    A very sensitive,well researched, and well written account of the life of Clover Adams. The history and culture of the times is well depicted and the number of historic figures Clover knew is astounding.. Why Clover killed herself is still something of a mystery, however. Reading the book and hearing about the others in her family who committed suicide or showed signs of mental illness, I don't think that the blame can be fixed on Henry Adams. I am surprised that another reader thought Henry was harsh and cruel to Clover. I think he did the best he could given the limited understanding of mental illness at the time. I think his not talking about in later years Clover and not including her in his memoirs represents the depth of his grief, not harshness. The statue in Rock Creek Cemetary was not put up by a heartless and unfeeling man. I think the book explored the lives of both Henry and Clover well and did not find him an unsympathetic character. I recommend the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    for history buffs

    I read this book because I have always wanted to know more about the Hay-
    Adams memorial in Rock Creek Cemetery, in Washington, D.C. It was a requirement to visit the memorial when I was a art student at American University. This book goes into great detail about the lives of Clover and Henry Adams. The pages are full of names that could be described as the "who was who" in American history. Vivid descriptions of places the where the couples lived and traveled are included as well. There are so many things to digest, I would sometimes have to stop and re-read pages. Throughout reading this book, I felt that although the lives of Clover and Henry were full of accomplishments, there was a pervasive sadness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Interesting

    This was an interesting and well researched biography. My only complaint is that it rushed through the ending after her suicide. I would have appreciated more information about how the sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens was commissioned and created.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 23, 2014

    Moxie

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    Posted July 19, 2014

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    Sucker!!!!!!

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    Posted May 30, 2014

    Cloversun

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    Posted April 22, 2014

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    Posted June 27, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

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