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‘Profession of Words Author Series’ Welcomes Natalie Dykstra to The Clark

For Immediate Release

July 10, 2012

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Williamstown, MA—The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will welcome author Natalie Dykstra on Sunday, July 22, at 3 pm, as part of the Clark’s author series, The Profession of Words. Dykstra will present a free illustrated talk about the subject of her latest book, Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Marian Hooper Adams, known to her friends and family as “Clover,” married soon-to-be-eminent American historian Henry Adams, the great-grandson of President John Adams, in 1872. Clover thrived in her role as an intimate of power brokers in Gilded Age Washington, where she was admired for her wit and taste by such luminaries as Henry James, H. H. Richardson, and General William Tecumseh Sherman. Clover so clearly possessed, as one friend wrote, “all she wanted, all this world could give.”

Yet at the center of her story is a haunting mystery: Why did Clover, having begun in the spring of 1883 to capture her world vividly through photography, end her life less than three years later by drinking a chemical developer she used in the darkroom? In her new biography, Natalie Dykstra illuminates the life of a woman who has lingered in the shadow of her illustrious husband and untangles the complex, poignant—and universal—truths of her shining and impossible marriage.

Natalie Dykstra is associate professor of English at Hope College in Holland, MI. A Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to work on Clover Adams. She lives in Waltham, MA.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

Calendar Listing

July 22: The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will welcome author Natalie Dykstra on Sunday, July 22, at 3 pm, as part of the Clark’s author series, The Profession of Words. Dykstra will present a free illustrated talk about the subject of her latest book, a biography titled Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life. Dykstra illuminates the life of a woman who has lingered in the shadow of her illustrious husband, Henry Adams, grandson and great-grandson of presidents, and the most eminent historian of his age. A book signing will follow the lecture. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588
smajewski@clarkart.edu

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