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About the Author
Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918), American man of letters, was grandson and great-grandson of presidents of the United States. He taught history at Harvard, edited the North American Review, and published two novels. His ambitious History of the United States during the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison appeared in nine volumes from 1889-91. His Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, an interpretation of the spiritual unity of the 13th century mind, led to his autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams, which describes the multiplicity of the 20th century mind.
Donald Hall is an American author and literary critic. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard, and Oxford, he is the author of over numerous books and collections of poetry, including Caldecott Medal winner Ox-Cart Man, White Apples and the Taste of Stone, and New Poets of England and America. He served as the 2006-2007 US Poet Laureate and has won numerous awards for his contributions to literature, including the 1990 Robert Frost Medal, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for his lifetime achievement, and the 2010 National Medal of Arts.