Education: The Shining Faces

Henry Adams had damned the place with the faintest of praise. "Harvard College," he wrote, "was probably less hurtful than any other university ... It taught little, and that little ill, but it left the mind open, free from bias, ignorant of facts, but docile . . ." In effect, "the school created a type but not a will. Four years of Harvard College, if successful, resulted in an autobiographical blank, a mind on which only a watermark had been stamped."

Adams graduated from Harvard in 1858, and returned to the Yard as a...

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