Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres: A Study of Thirteenth-Century Unity

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"Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres is undoubtedly Adams's greatest work; though not apparently related to his earlier writings, this inspired work of poetry is the crowning achievement of his severe and somber historical oeuvre."—Maurice le Breton

"Emerson discussed man's need to discover a system of unity for his age; Henry Adams did the same for an age when the conflict was infinitely more acute and the solution less apparently obvious."—Robert Spiller

"One has the feeling that during the process of writing, the book grew way beyond its original plan and intention to be the informal travel talk of an art tourist, or an art-uncle for nieces with Kodaks. At a certain point it almost ceases to deal with esthetic experiences and becomes a confession of a seeker after unity, of a pilgrim who hopes to find in the Middle Ages an emotional repose-peace-Nirvana."—Ernst Scheyer, The Circle of Henry Adams

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What People Are Saying

Maurice le Breton
Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres is undoubtedly Adams's greatest work; though not apparently related to his earlier writings, this inspired work of poetry is the crowning achievement of his severe and somber historical oeuvre.
Robert Spiller
Emerson discussed man's need to discover a system of unity for his age; Henry Adams did the same for an age when the conflict was infinitely more acute and the solution less apparently obvious.
Ernst Scheyer
One has the feeling that during the process of writing, the book grew way beyond its original plan and intention to be the informal travel talk of an art tourist, or an art-uncle for nieces with Kodaks. At a certain point it almost ceases to deal with esthetic experiences and becomes a confession of a seeker after unity, of a pilgrim who hopes to find in the Middle Ages an emotional repose-peace-Nirvana.
Ernst Scheyer, "The Circle of Henry Adams"
James James
"From beginning to end, Mont Saint-Michel and Chartres reads as from a man in the fresh morning of life, with a frolic power unusual to historic literature."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691003351
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1982
  • Series: Princeton Paperbacks Series
  • Pages: 402
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry Adams (1838-1918) was author of "The Education of Henry Adams", two novels, and numerous hooks and articles.

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