The Adams Women

The Adams Women : Abigail and Louisa Adams, Their Sisters and Daughters

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This book presents full portraits of eight Adams women, beginning with Abigail Smith Adams and ending with her great-granddaughter, Mary Adams Quincy. The book features Abigail Adams' fierce relationship with her two sisters and how she was imprisoned in a narrow sphere as John Adams' wife; her daughter Nabby Adams Smith, caught between a domineering mother, a rascal husband and a distracted father; Ann Harrod Adams, left embittered by her husband's alcoholism and financial dependence; Lousia Catherine Adams John Quincy's wife, who ultimately triumphed over family difficulties to become the Adams' matriarch; Abby Brown Brooks, who drew her strength from being Charles Francis Adams' wife and a mother; her daughter, Louisa Catherine Kuhn, who lived a rebellious, dilettante life; her other daughter, Mary Gardner Quincy, who embraced conventionality; and Marian "Clover" Hooper, Henry Adams' wife, who could never break her close ties to her father and eventually committed suicide. The underlying theme of the book is the pressure that being part of the Adams family exerted on each woman more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • frontispiece, halftones
  • 0195038746
  • 9780195038743

About Paul C. Nagel

About the Author Paul C. Nagel is Distinguished Lee Scholar for the R. E. Lee Memorial Association. Formerly Director of the Virginia Historical Society, he is the author of many books, including Descent from Glory,show more

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"Nagel's The Adams Women is as fine as his Descent from Glory, which is high praise indeed.... A sensitive evocation of the lives of the Adams women. It is sympathetic to these women, but not sentimental. It is written with great clarity and care. All in all, it is deeply informative and a pleasure to read."--Robert Middlekauff, author of The Glorious Cause, and Director of The Huntington Library"A sensitive evocation of the lives of the Adams women....Deeply informative and a pleasure to read."--Robert Middlekauff, director of The Huntington Libraryshow more

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