Abigail Adams: A Biography

Abigail Adams: A Biography

by Phyllis Lee Levin
     
 

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Wife of one president and mother of another, Abigail Adams was an extraordinary woman living at an extraordinary time in American history. A tireless letter writer and diarist, her penetrating and often caustic impressions of most of the major persons of her day--including Ben Franklin, George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and King

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Wife of one president and mother of another, Abigail Adams was an extraordinary woman living at an extraordinary time in American history. A tireless letter writer and diarist, her penetrating and often caustic impressions of most of the major persons of her day--including Ben Franklin, George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and King George III, among others--provide one of the best first-hand accounts of the American Revolution. This biography, researched and written over a fourteen-year period, is a fascinating portrait of a brilliant woman at the center of the founding of the American republic.

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Library Journal
Levin promises to reconstruct the complex character of Abigail Adams: a champion of women's rights and a keen political observer who nonetheless felt that a woman's role properly revolved around the home. Disappointingly, she churns out chapter after chapter of paraphrased letters written to or by Abigail during her lifetime (1744-1818) and seldom interprets . Rather than pinpointing the historical and personal forces that motivated her subject, Levin provides a superficial history of a pathbreaking early American social commentator. The thesis and the most interesting material in this book have already been presented in a more compelling manner in Lynne Withey's Dearest Friend: a life of Abigail Adams ( LJ 9/15/81). BOMC, History Book Club, and Quality Paperback Book Club selections. David Szatmary, Continuing Education, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466850248
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
296,025
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Abigail Adams is Phyllis Lee Levin's third book. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for The New York Times. She was also a feature writer and editor for numerous Condé Nast publications. Mrs. Levin lives in Manhattan.


Phyllis Lee Levin is the author of several books including Abigail Adams and Edith and Woodrow. She has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for The New York Times and lives in Manhattan.

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