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Abigail Adams: A Writing Life Paperback – February 8, 2002
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Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
-Economist, March 30, 2002
"Edith Gelles's newly published biography and critique...offers an excellent entry point for anyone whi is interested in Abigail Adams as a writer.."
-" Biography Spring 2003
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From beginning to end, the book was at a very slow moving pace. The unappealing way in which the author includes every insignificant aspect of Abigail's life creates a lull in the rhythm of its flow. So many simple letters she writes to her husband or friend is analyzed and took into so much depth to where you read about it for 15 pages or more, such as, "Remember the Ladies," a letter written to her husband, John Adams. This was written for him to always remember the women working at home and to keep in mind that all women and men should be treated as equals. While attempting to read this book, it seemed to drag on as if reading so little in so much time, especially the very first chapter.
It is a resourceful book, yet is a difficult read because it lacks pace, uses unfamiliar language and jumps from date to date in a non sequential manner. While the biography of the book gives its readers a lot of factual information, her literary works interwoven into the framework of the book, made it very difficult to follow. It is apparent that Abigail Adams is a fascinating historical figure, and I am sure other authors have written books that are easier to read and that are more interesting.
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The best book on Abigail Adams I've read. I enjoyed this book very much.Published 19 months ago by Mary Lown