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Diaries. I, 1779-1821

Author: John Quincy Adams; David Waldstreicher
Publisher: New York : Library of America, [Place of distribution not identified] : Distributed to the trade in the United States by Penguin Random House Inc. [2017] ©2017
Series: Library of America, 293.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Reader's editionView all editions and formats
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The diary of John Quincy Adams is one of the most extraordinary works in American literature. Begun in 1779 at the age of twelve and kept more or less faithfully until his death almost 70 years later, it is both an unrivaled record of historical events and personalities from the nation's founding to the antebellum era and a masterpiece of American self-portraiture, tracing the spiritual, literary, and scientific
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Genre/Form: Sources
Diaries
Named Person: John Quincy Adams; John Quincy Adams
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Quincy Adams; David Waldstreicher
ISBN: 9781598535204 159853520X
OCLC Number: 956624206
Description: xiv, 727 pages : color portrait ; 21 cm.
Contents: 1779-1793 : Europe, Harvard, Boston --
1794-1801 : London, The Hague, Berlin --
1802-1809 : Boston, Washington --
1809-1814 : St. Petersburg --
1814-1815 : Ghent, Paris --
1815-1817 : London, Little Ealing --
1817-1821 : Secretary of State.
Series Title: Library of America, 293.
Other Titles: Diaries 1779-1821
John Quincy Adams diaries 1779-1821
Responsibility: John Quincy Adams ; David Waldstreicher, editor.

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Partly originally published: Diary of John Quincy Adams. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1981. (Adams papers. Series I, Diaries).  Read more...

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"A superb edition that should secure a place for the diary in the canon of American literature. . . . The inner life of John Quincy Adams has been until now mostly a secret. One of the gifts of the Read more...

 
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