The Pleasures and Pains of Public Life

in Abigail and John Adams

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780226037431
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226037448 | DOI:
The Pleasures and Pains of Public Life

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This chapter, which focuses on John Adams' self-conception as “a man of feeling” and his apparent ambivalence over public versus private, explains that Adams represented himself to his friends as a man who could give way to feeling and found noteworthy those men who showed the characteristics of sensibility. It also describes Adams' expression of his conflict over public versus private life to his wife and his explanation for his absence to his daughter.

Keywords: John Adams; man of feeling; public life; private life; sensibility

Chapter.  9657 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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