Adams died in his sleep on a spring night in 1918 at home in Washington. He was buried next to Clover in Rock Creek Cemetery, under the hooded figure of a mourner sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. (Gore Vidal, an Adams admirer, has instructed that he be buried close by.) No inscription, not even a name, is on the monument. Perhaps Adams foresaw that his lively essence would be better memorialized in the pages of his Education.
Peter Hellman, a freelance writer in New York City, also writes a wine column.