Henry Adams (1838-1918)
Henry Adams (February 16, 1838 - March 27, 1918), a direct descendant of two US Presidents, wrote poetry, biographies, novels, history, art history, and memoir. His autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams (1918), was published after his death and won a Pulitzer Prize. He is also well-known for his poetically philosophical book Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (1904), which draws on his fascination of the concept of unity in the Roman Catholic Church, specifically what the Virgin Mary represented in that context. His novel Democracy (1880) is widely considered one of the best books of fiction set in DC and has never been out of print since its first anonymous publication. His unique style is a combination of history, poetry, religion, and critical thinking.
written by Word Works intern Monica Root, September 2013, edited by Kim Roberts, December 2013