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For the 250th anniversary of John Quincy Adams's beginning, a landmark new chosen version of an American masterpiece: the incomparable self-portrait of a person and his instances from the Revolution to the approaching of the Civil Battle.

The diary of John Quincy Adams is likely one of the most extraordinary works in American literature. Begun in 1779 on the age of twelve and saved kind of faithfully till his loss of life nearly 70 years later, and totaling some fifteen thousand closely-written manuscript pages, it’s each an unmatched report of historic occasions and personalities from the nation's founding to the antebellum period and a masterpiece of American self-portraiture, tracing the religious, literary, and scientific pursuits of an exceptionally full of life thoughts. Now, for the 250th anniversary of Adams's beginning, Library of America and historian David Waldstreicher current a two-volume reader's version of diary choices primarily based for the primary time on the unique manuscripts, restoring private and revealing passages suppressed in earlier editions.

Quantity I begins throughout the American Revolution, with Adams's first entry, as he prepares to embark on a dangerous wartime voyage to Europe together with his father, diplomat John Adams, and information his early impressions of Franklin and Jefferson and of Paris on the eve of revolution; it particulars his abbreviated however eventful years of examine at Harvard and his emergence into the world of politics in his personal proper, as American minister to the Netherlands and to Prussia, after which as a U. S. senator from Massachusetts; and it reveals a younger man at struggle together with his passions, earlier than discovering love with the exceptional Louisa Catherine Johnson. In passages that kind a form of real-world Battle and Peace, the diary follows the younger married couple to St. Petersburg, the place as U.S. minister Adams is a witness to Napoleon's invasion of Russia. Its account of the negotiations at Ghent to finish the Battle of 1812, the place Adams leads the American delegation, is the maybe essentially the most detailed and dramatic image of a diplomatic confrontation ever recorded. Quantity 1 concludes together with his elevation as Secretary of State underneath James Monroe, as he takes the fore in a fractious cupboard and emerges because the principal architect of what will develop into referred to as the Monroe Doctrine.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an unbiased nonprofit cultural group based in 1979 to protect our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and maintaining completely in print, America’s greatest and most vital writing. The Library of America sequence consists of greater than 300 volumes thus far, authoritative editions that common 1,000 pages in size, characteristic fabric covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that may final for hundreds of years.