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The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson was an avid book-collector, a voracious reader, and a gifted writer, a man who prided himself on his knowledge of classical and modern languages and whose marginal annotations include quotations from Euripides, Herodotus, and Milton. And yet there has never been a literary life of our most literary president.

In The Road to Monticello, Kevin J. Hayes fills this important gap by offering a lively account of Jefferson's intellectual development, focusing on the books that exerted the most profound influence on his writing and thinking. Moving chronologically through Jefferson's life, Hayes reveals the full range and depth of Jefferson's literary passions, from the popular "small books" sold by traveling chapmen, such as The History of Fortunatas and The History of Tom Thumb that enthralled him as a child, to his lifelong love of Aesop's Fables and Robinson Crusoe, his engagement with Horace, Ovid, Virgil and other writers of classical antiquity, and his deep affinity with the melancholy verse of Ossian, the legendary third-century Gaelic warrior-poet. Drawing on Jefferson's letters, journals, and commonplace books, Hayes offers a wealth of new scholarship on the literary culture of colonial America, identifies previously unknown books held in Jefferson's libraries, reconstructs Jefferson's investigations of such different fields of knowledge as law, history, philosophy, and natural science and, most importantly, lays bare the ideas which informed the thinking of America's first great intellectual.

About the Author

Kevin J. Hayes is Professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma and the author of A Colonial Woman's Bookshelf, An American Cycling Odyssey, Melville's Folk Roots, and Poe and the Printed Word.

Table of Contents

Book I: The Education of Thomas Jefferson

1. Fire!

2. A Boy and His Books

3. A Correct, Classical Scholar

4. William and Mary

5. The Williamsburg Circle

6. The Limits of English Law

7. A Shelf of Notebooks

8. Becoming a Burgess

Book II: Family and Nation

9. Domestic Life and Literary Pursuits

10. Rude Bard of the North

11. A Summary View of the Rights of British America

12. The Pen and the Tomahawk

13. The Declaration of Independence

14. The Book Culture of Philadelphia and Williamsburg,

Contrasted

15. Of Law and Learning

16. Lines of Communication

17. Notes on the State of Virginia

18. The Narrow House

19. An American Odyssey

Book III: Our Man in Paris

20. Bookman in Paris

21. Talking about Literature

22. London Town

23. Summer of '86

24. An Inquisitive Journey through France and Italy

25. A Tour through Holland and the Rhine Valley

26. Last Days in Paris

Book IV: Servant of the People

27. The Young Idea

28. The Anas

29. Letters from a Virginia Farmer

30. The Vice-President and the Printed Word

31. The First Inaugural Address

32. Wall of Separation

33. "Life of Captain Lewis"

34. President as Patron of Literature

Book V: Monticello

35. Return to Monticello

36. Letters to an Old Friend

37. The Library of Congress

38. The Retirement Library

39. The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

40. The Autobiography

41. The University of Virginia from Dream to Reality

42. The Life and Soul of the University

An Essay on Sources

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199895830
Author:
Hayes, Kevin J.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | Colonial & 18th C
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 illus.
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 1.9 in 1.95 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » Presidents » Jefferson, Thomas
History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era
History and Social Science » World History » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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