Written in the third person, at times overbearingly acerbic. He was a Boston Puritan born in who at sixteen attended Harvard College—severely berated here—and went on to pursue a career as a journalist, novelist and historian.
A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout! Assessment[ edit ] The Education is an important work of American literary nonfiction. It provides a penetrating glimpse into the intellectual and political life of the late 19th century.
The Modern Library placed it first in a list of the top English-language nonfiction books of the 20th century. The object of study is the garment, not the figure. A parent gives life, but as parent, gives no more. A murderer takes life, but his deed stops there.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.
Practical politics consists of ignoring facts. Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, had always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
No mind is so well balanced as to bear the strain of seizing unlimited force without habit or knowledge of it; and finding it disputed with him by hungry packs of wolves and hounds whose lives depend on snatching the carrion. Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
From cradle to grave this problem of running order through chaos, direction through space, discipline through freedom, unity through multiplicity, has always been, and must always be, the task of education, as it is the moral of religion, philosophy, science, art, politics and economy; but a boy's will is his life, and he dies when it is broken, as the colt dies in harness, taking a new nature in becoming tame.
The object of education for that mind should be the teaching itself how to react with vigor and economy. No doubt the world at large will always lag so far behind the active mind as to make a soft cushion of inertia to drop upon, as it did for Henry Adams; but education should try to lessen the obstacles, diminish the friction, invigorate the energy, and should train minds to react, not at haphazard, but by choice, on the lines of force that attract their world.
Harvard College was probably less hurtful than any other university then in existence. It taught little, and that little ill, but it left the mind open, free from bias, ignorant of facts, but docile.
The graduate had few strong prejudices. He knew little, but his mind remained subtle, ready to receive knowledge. The New York Times Company. Henry Adams and The Making of America. Houghton Mifflin Co, The education of Henry Adams; an autobiography.
by Adams, Henry, ; Lodge, Henry Cabot, ; Massachusetts Historical Society. Page-progression lr. Pages Possible copyright status Not in copyright.
The Library knows of no copyright restrictions on this item. Ppi The Education of Henry Adams is just that: i.e., the education of Henry Adams. But as he uses the word, it denotes a never-ending process between the two parentheses of birth and death. But as he uses the word, it denotes a never-ending process between the two parentheses of birth and death/5.
Henry Adams () Contributing Editor: when the conjunction becomes explicit in Chapter 25 of the Education. The same symbolic progression Adams uses to suggest the path of his personal intellectual voyage to increased understanding.
I recommend a careful reading of the entire The Education of Henry Adams, edited by Ernest Samuels. The Education of Henry Adams I stumbled upon the remarkable autobiography of Henry Adams by accident while reading a history of the end of the 19th century.
When Adams’ autobiography was published after his death in , it became a best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize. HENRY ADAMS The Education of Henry Adams Ch. “Chicago” (excerpt) Adams, Library of Congress Palace of Mechanic Arts *Excerpted, and images added, by the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC.
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