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Gelles, Edith Belle

Works: 8 works in 51 publications in 1 language and 5,553 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Records and correspondence  History  Exhibition catalogs  Bibliography‡vExhibition catalogs  Catalogs 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E322.1.A38, B
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Most widely held works by Edith Belle Gelles
Portia the world of Abigail Adams by Edith Belle Gelles( )
17 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 2,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Annotation ' a refreshing change of pace....(Edith Gelles) is affectionate yet scholarly, determined to present Adams as a strong character who was very much a woman of her time, not merely a liberated precursor to feminism or the little wife behind the great man.' - Melanie Lawrence, San Francisco Chronicle
Abigail & John : portrait of a marriage by Edith Belle Gelles( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 1,282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of Abigail and John Adams is as much a romance as it is a lively chapter in the early history of this country. The marriage of the second president and first lady is one of the most extraordinary examples of passion and endurance that this country has ever witnessed. And it is a drama peopled with a pantheon of eighteenth-century stars: George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, his daughter Patsy, Ben Franklin, and Mercy Otis Warren. Abigail and John were a uniquely compatible duo, and in their remarkable union we can see the strength of a people determined to achieve full independence in the face of daunting odds. Yet while much has been written about each as an individual, Abigail and John provides, for the first time, the captivating story of their dedication and sacrifice that helped usher in the founding of our country, a time that fascinates us still. Married in 1764 by Abigail's reverend father, the young couple worked side by side for a decade, raising a family while John's status as one of the most prosperous, respected lawyers in Massachusetts grew. As his duties within the new republic expanded, the Adamses endured a long period of sporadic separations. But their loyalty and love kept their bond firm across the distance, as is evident in their tender letters. It's in this correspondence that Abigail comes into her own as a woman of politics, offering words of advice and encouragement to a husband whose absences were crucial to the independence they both cherished. And it's also in these exchanges that they worked through the familial tragedies that tested them: the death of their son Charles from alcoholism and the impoverishment and early death of their daughter Nabby. Through its fifty-four years, the union of John and Abigail Adams was based on mutual respect and ambition, intellect and equality, that went far beyond the conventional bond. Abigail and John is an inspirational portrait of a couple who endured the turmoil and trials of a revolution, and in so doing paved the way for the birth of a nation
The letters of Abigaill Levy Franks, 1733-1748 by Abigail Franks( )
9 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Abigaill Franks's letters are among the earliest extant by a woman in colonial New York City. They are also the earliest known letters by a Jewish woman in British America and probably the western colonies. Thirty-five letters survive, all written to her son Naphtali between 1733 and 1748. These letters represent a rare resource for the study of family life during the colonial period as well as of the life of a lively and articulate woman." "In this book, Edith B. Gelles edits all of Abigaill Franks's letters to make them accessible to modern readers. Gelles's introduction provides a portrait of New York City at the time, describes typical colonial family life, and discusses the Jewish immigrant experience in New York."--BOOK JACKET
First thoughts : life and letters of Abigail Adams by Edith Belle Gelles( Book )
4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 825 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Stamp Act and the Boston Tea Party, two Continental Congresses and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the French Revolution and the War of 1812, the presidencies of George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson - all these events occurred during the lifetime of Abigail Adams. Adams, in a voluminous body of correspondence, recorded in detail not only these historic events but also their effects on her community, her family, and herself. Too often viewed narrowly as the wife of John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams, Abigail Adams was an important literary and historical figure in her own right. Her letters are filled with perceptive observations; they demonstrate great spontaneity, intelligence, and sincerity; and they depict in equal measure both the quotidian and the historic during the early years of the Republic. Asserting that Abigail Adams's collected letters are "the best account that exists from the pre- to the post-Revolutionary period in America of a woman's life and world," Edith B. Gelles, a noted Adams expert, presents this first study to examine Adams's letters from the dual standpoints of biography and literary analysis. Adopting a topical, episodic approach, Gelles highlights Adams's letter-writing persona while giving due recognition to her achievements as wife, mother, sister, daughter friend, and patriot. --From publisher's description
Abigail Adams : domesticity and the American Revolution by Edith Belle Gelles( Book )
4 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
First ladies ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The third program in the two-season C-SPAN original series presenting the lives and times of the first ladies of the United States; this third program presents a moderated discussion accompanied by viewers' questions, on the life and times of Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams
For instruction and research : a century of library collections at Stanford : an exhibition catalogue issued on the occasion of Stanford University's centennial by Stanford University( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Palo Alto authors forum poets, playwrights & biographers ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
An authors forum held on March 13, 1994 at College Terrace Library, P.A. The following authors: Susan Groag Bell, April Eiler, Edith Gelles, Stina Katachadourian, Antoinette May, Mary Jane Moffat, Margaret Mullen, Nancy Gilsenan Hersage, Vassar Smith, Miriam Patchen attended and discussed their lives and their writings
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Audience level: 0.37 (from 0.10 for Palo Alto ... to 0.87 for For instru ...)
Alternative Names
Gelles, Edith
Gelles, Edith B.
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