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Esther (1884), the second of two novels by noted American historian Henry Adams (1838-1918), deals with a woman's inability to accept religious faith as men have formulated it. Esther Dudley, a young New York socialite and artist raised without religion, falls in love with Episcopal clergyman Stephen Hazard, but she cannot embrace his Christianity and remain true to herself. Displaying the subtle interplay of mind found in the best work of Henry James, Esther suggests the symbolism of the Virgin Mary that Adams ...
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Esther

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Esther (1884), the second of two novels by noted American historian Henry Adams (1838-1918), deals with a woman's inability to accept religious faith as men have formulated it. Esther Dudley, a young New York socialite and artist raised without religion, falls in love with Episcopal clergyman Stephen Hazard, but she cannot embrace his Christianity and remain true to herself. Displaying the subtle interplay of mind found in the best work of Henry James, Esther suggests the symbolism of the Virgin Mary that Adams would take up some twenty years later in his Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres, a Study in Thirteenth-Century Unity: Esther rejects Hazard just as the Virgin rejected the scholastic formulation of the Trinity and the whole medieval system of moral law.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781300346821
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 3/20/2014
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,095,970
  • File size: 337 KB

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Henry Adams (1838-1918) was a famous journalist, novel writer, and historian. He is still remembered for his autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams (1918). It was first printed as a private edition for a few friends in 1907. After Adam's death the rest of the public got a chance to read the book. Many people said that it was the best book of the twentieth century, and Henry Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize posthumously in 1919. Adams industrious career was slowed down in 1912 when he had a stroke. Some scholars believe his stroke was caused by the news of the sinking of the Titanic, for which Adams had bought return tickets. He still continued to travel, lecture, and write letters, but at a slower pace. Adams died at his Washington, D.C. home in 1918.
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