Clover Adams

Clover Adams

A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life

eBook - 2012
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A biography of one of the Gilded Age's most fascinating and mysterious society women that "reads as well as any page-turning novel" ( Library Journal ).

The hidden story of one of the most fascinating women of the Gilded Age Clover Adams, a fiercely intelligent Boston Brahmin, married at twenty-eight to the soon-to-be-eminent American historian Henry Adams. She thrived in her role as an intimate of power brokers in Gilded Age Washington, where she was admired for her wit and taste by such luminaries as Henry James, H. H. Richardson, and Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. Clover was so clearly possessed, as one friend wrote, "all she wanted, all this world could give." Yet at the center of her story is a haunting mystery. Why did Clover, having begun in the spring of 1883 to capture her world vividly through photography, end her life less than three years later by drinking a chemical developer she used in the darkroom? The key to the mystery lies, as Natalie Dykstra's searching account makes clear, in Clover's photographs themselves. The aftermath of Clover's death is equally compelling. Dykstra probes Clover's enduring reputation as a woman betrayed. And, most movingly, she untangles the complex, poignant--and universal--truths of her shining and impossible marriage. For more information, visit
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
ISBN: 9780547607900
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 357 p.)


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Dec 15, 2011

I've recently discovered the books/letters of Henry Adams and to see this new title on his wife being ordered is very exciting!


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