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First family : Abigail and John

Author: Joseph J Ellis
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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John and Abigail Adams left a remarkable portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was the more gifted), and over the years they exchanged more than twelve hundred letters. Joseph J. Ellis distills them to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story. Ellis  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: John Adams; Abigail Adams; John Adams; Abigail Adams; John Adams; Abigail Adams; John Adams; Abigail Adams; Abigail Adams; John Adams; Abigail Adams; Abigail Adams; John Adams; Abigail Adams; John Adams; Abigail Adams
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph J Ellis
ISBN: 9780307269621 0307269620 9780307389992 0307389995 9781611297201 1611297206
OCLC Number: 505417131
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 299 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1759-74 : "And there is a tye more binding than humanity, and stronger than friendship." --
1774-78 : "My pen is always freer than my tongue, for I have written many things to you that I suppose I never would have talked." --
1778-84 : "When he is wounded, I bleed." --
1784-89 : "Every man of this nation [France] is an actor, and every woman an actress." --
1789-96 : "[The vice presidency is] the most insignificant office that ever the Invention of Man contrived or his Imagination conceived." --
1796-1801 : " I can do nothing without you." --
1801-18 : "I wish I could lie down beside her and die too." --
Epilogue, 1818-26 : " Have mercy on me Posterity, if you should see any of my letters."
Other Titles: Abigail and John
Responsibility: Joseph J. Ellis.
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John and Abigail Adams left a remarkable portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was the more gifted), and over the years they exchanged more than twelve hundred letters. Joseph J. Ellis distills them to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story. Ellis describes their first meeting as inauspicious--John was twenty-four, Abigail just fifteen, and each was entirely unimpressed. But they soon began a passionate correspondence that resulted in their marriage five years later. Over the next decades, the couple were separated nearly as much as they were together. When John became president, Abigail's health led to reservations about moving to the swamp on the Potomac, but he persuaded her that he needed his closest advisor by his side. Here, John and Abigail's relationship unfolds in the context of America's birth as a nation.--From publisher description.

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