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Pdf ´ The Education of Henry Adams ¿ Henry Adams Fferent from the world of his youth It is also a sharp critiue of 19th century educational theory and practice In 1907 Adams began privately circulating c Once this is a story of education not of adventure It is meant to help young men—or such as have intelligence enough to seek help—but it is not meant to amuse them Everyone agrees that this book is difficult and odd An autobiography of an American man of letters the son of a diplomat grandson of a president historian journalist secretary all told in the third person written for his private circle of friends At once claiming to be the story of one man’s life a critiue of the educational methods of the nineteenth century a parable of the fin de siècle and a new theory of history the book is in reality none of the above and is instead the sigh of an old man looking back on his life I must admit that I found this book exasperating in the extreme One uickly gets the impression that when Adams uses the word “education” it is meaningless or worse than meaningless He goes to London with his father and becomes intimately acuainted with the workings of British politics all during the difficult years of the American Civil War and complains that he received no useful “education” He teaches at Harvard for seven years a professor of Medieval History and concludes “On the whole he was content neither with what he had taught nor with the way he had taught it The seven years in teaching seemed to him lost” He becomes a journalist in the capital and then works on a seven volume history of America during Jefferson’s presidency; and still after all this he insists he has received no useful “education” And after every phase of his life when Adams rings the same gloomy bell the reader asks “What on earth would satisfy you Mr Adams” Another exasperating element is the degree to which Adams assumes a familiarity with the intricacies of 19th century politics Reading the chapters when he was in England felt like reading a grocer’s shopkeeping books It was disjointed jerky and worst of all didn’t explain a thing At first I assumed this difficulty resulted from Adams’s originally writing the book for his circle of friends; but the obscurity goes even further it is as if Adams wrote the book only for himself The book swings wildly in tone from dry note taking to half formed and half coherent abstractions all written in a prose style lucidly opaue Adams also gives the impression of being a bit muddle headed He spends some time talking about Lyell’s geology and Darwin’s evolution and it soon becomes apparent he understands neither He goes on long tangents about “force” while it is obvious that what Adams means by that word is as meaningless as what he means by “education” He ends the book on a very confused and seemingly pointless attempt to give a mathematical explanation of history but never reaches above vague commonplaces endlessly repeated I seldom came across an insight of his that was insightful In short the impression was that Adams had taken all of the stuff of his life—his doings his friendships his thoughts his career his background—and left it out to bake in the hot sun until all the savor and succulence was scorched out of it leaving only a tough jerky that wearies the jaw in the attempt to chew the husk Still after all this I must admit that this book has a strange power There were times I could not put it down even when I felt I wasn’t understanding a thing Adams always seemed to be only two steps away from a great insight an astounding thought; but he never uite reaches it which is why the book can seem so tragic He was always searching and never finding; and the reader is left in doubt what he was searching for and whether anyone will ever find it In his elegant knotty prose he turns out aphorism after aphorism—all apparently insightful but in reality empty—popping like soap bubbles leaving nothing but air And what saves the book is that Adams knew this and yet could do nothing better

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