Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

By: Adams, Henry; Cram, Ralph Adams

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Reprint. Lacks slipcase. Owner sticker on front endpaper, boards lightly spotted. 1933 Hard Cover. xiv, 397 pp. 8vo. Introduction by Ralph Adams Cram.  A record not of a literal journey but of a meditative journey across time and space into the medieval imagination. Using the architecture, sculpture, and stained glass of the two locales as a starting point, Adams breathes life into what others might see merely as monuments of a past civilization. With daring and inventive conceits, Adams looks at the ordinary people, places, and events in the context of the social conventions and systems of thought and belief of the thirteenth century turning the study of history into a kind of theater. As Raymond Carney discusses in his introduction, Adams' freedom from the European traditions of study lends an exuberance—and puckish wit—to his writings. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Henry Brooks Adams (February 16, 1838 – March 27, 1918; normally called Henry Adams) was an American journalist, historian, academic and novelist. He is best-known for his autobiographical book, The Education of Henry Adams. He was a member of the Adams political family... In 1904, Adams privately published a copy of his 'Mont Saint Michel and Chartres,' a pastiche of history, travel, and poetry, that celebrated the unity of medieval society, especially as represented in the great cathedrals of France. Originally meant as a diversion for his nieces and 'nieces-in-wish,' it was publicly released in 1913 at the request of Ralph Adams Cram, an important American architect, and published with support of the American Institute of Architects. Keywords: ARCHITECTURE FINE ART FRANCE CHARTRES CATHEDRAL GOTHIC MONT-SAINT-MICHEL HISTORY ESSAY

Title: Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

Author: Adams, Henry; Cram, Ralph Adams

Categories: Travel, American, History, Architecture,

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company / The Riverside Press: 1933

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2198278