CliffsNotes on Adams' The Education of Henry Adams

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CliffsNotes on The Education of Henry Adams explores the focal character’s boyhood world through the voice of Henry Adams as a man in his late 60s. Speaking in third person, the narrator ...

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Overview

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into critical elements and ideas within classic works of literature. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

CliffsNotes on The Education of Henry Adams explores the focal character’s boyhood world through the voice of Henry Adams as a man in his late 60s. Speaking in third person, the narrator treats the younger Henry objectively, which establishes the style of the book.

Following Henry’s lifelong protests of the limitations of formal education, this study guide provides summaries and commentaries for each of 35 chapters within what has been termed “experimental literature” and an outstanding work of nonfiction. Other features that help you figure out this important work include

  • A look at the author’s personal background, selected writings, and reputation
  • Introduction to the work, with a synopsis and character map
  • Character analyses and critical essays
  • Review questions, suggested essay topics, and practice projects
  • Resource Center with books, articles, and Web sites that can help round out your knowledge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764586484
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 121
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

STANLEY P. BALDWIN received his M.A. in English from the University of Kentucky. He is a writer and teacher living in Nebraska.

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Table of Contents

Life and Background of the Author.

Personal Background.

Selected Writings and Reputation.

Introduction to the Work.

Introduction.

A Brief Synopsis.

List of Characters.

Character Map.

Critical Commentaries.

Chapter I. (Quincy).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter II. (Boston).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter III. (Washington).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter IV. (Harvard College).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter V. (Berlin).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter VI. (Rome).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter VII. (Treason).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter VIII. (Diplomacy).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter IX. (Foes or Friends).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter X. (Political Morality).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XI. (The Battle of the Rams).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XII. (Eccentricity) and Chapter XIII. (The Perfection of Human Society).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XIV. (Dilettantism).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XV. (Darwinism).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XVI. (The Press).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XVII. (President Grant).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XVIII. (Free Fight).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XIX. (Chaos).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XX. (Failure).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XXI. (Twenty Years After).

Summary and Commentary.

Chapter XXII. (Chicago).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XXIII. (Silence) and Chapter XXIV. (Indian Summer).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XXV. (The Dynamo and the Virgin).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XXVI. (Twilight) and Chapter XXVII. (Teufelsdrockh).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XXVIII. (The Height of Knowledge).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XXIX. (The Abyss of Ignorance).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XXX. (Vis Inertiae).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XXXI. (The Grammar of Science).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XXXII. (Vis Nova).

Summary and Commentary.

Chapter XXXIII. (A Dynamic Theory of History) and Chapter XXXIV. (A Law of Acceleration).

Summary.

Commentary.

Chapter XXXV. (Nunc Age).

Summary and Commentary.

Character Analyses.

Henry Adams.

John Hay.

Charles Francis Adams.

Clarence King.

Critical Essay.

The Education Of Henry Adams as Experimental Literature: Symbol and Theme.

CliffsNotes Review.

CliffsNotes Resource Center.

Index.

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