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Clover Adams : a gilded and heartbreaking life / Natalie Dykstra.

Dykstra, Natalie. (Author).

  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780618873852 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 0618873856 (hardcover) :
  • Description: xvii, 318 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports., geneal. tables ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

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  • 13 of 14 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).

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Beverly Farms Adult Nonfiction CT 275 .A34 D95 2012 (Text to Phone) Available -
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General Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [238]-299) and index.
Contents Note: A New World. "She was home to me" ; The hub of the universe ; Clover's war ; Six years ; Henry Adams ; Down the Nile. -- "Very Much Together". A place in the world ; City of conversation ; Wandering Americans ; Intimates gone ; "Recesses of her own heart" ; The sixth heart. -- Clover's Camera. Something new ; At sea ; Esther ; Iron bars ; A new home ; Portraits. -- Mysteries of the Heart. Turning away ; "Lost in the woods" ; A dark room ; "That bright, intrepid spirit" ; "Let fate have its way" -- Family trees.
Summary: Clover, an inquisitive, loving, fiercely intelligent Boston Brahmin, married at 28 the older and soon-to-be-eminent historian Henry Adams. She thrived in her role as an intimate to political insiders in Gilded Age Washington, D.C., where she was valued for her wit and taste by such artistic luminaries as Henry James and H. H. Richardson. Clover so clearly possessed, as one friend wrote, "all she wanted, all this world could give." And yet there is a mystery: why did Clover, having embarked on an exhilarating self-taught course of photography in the spring of 1883, end her life less than three years later by drinking from a vial of a chemical she used in developing her own photographs? The answer is revealed through the author's original discoveries regarding the thirteen-year Adams marriage, and in Clover's photographs. The aftermath of Clover's death is equally compelling. The author illuminates Clover's enduring stature as a woman betrayed as she untangles the complex truth of her shining and impossible marriage.


Dykstra, Natalie, "Clover Adams : a gilded and heartbreaking life," Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.

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