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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 spiritual and intellectual development, focusing on the books and ideas that exerted the most profound influence on him. 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 Tom Thumb, which 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 print culture of colonial America, reveals an intimate portrait of Jefferson's activities beyond the political chamber, and reconstructs the president's investigations in such different fields of knowledge as law, history, philosophy and natural science. Most importantly, Hayes uncovers the ideas and exchanges which informed the thinking of America's first great intellectual and shows how his lifelong pursuit of knowledge culminated in the formation of a public offering, the "academic village" which became UVA, and his more private retreat at Monticello.

Gracefully written and painstakingly researched, The Road to Monticello provides an invaluable look at Jefferson's intellectual and literary life, uncovering the roots of some of the most important--and influential--ideas that have informed American history.

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This superb new biography focuses on Jefferson's intellectual and literary life. Hayes follows Jefferson's education from adolescence to adulthood, examines his interests, and gives new interpretations of his writings.

Synopsis:

The sheer variety of Jefferson's many pursuits - he was an inventor, horticulturist, statesman, architect, and philosopher, among many other things - almost mask the singularity of his genius. But there is little doubt that our third president was also one of America's greatest intellectuals.

This superb new biography focuses on Jefferson's intellectual and literary life. It follows Jefferson's education from adolescence to adulthood, examines his interests, and gives new interpretations of his writings. Early writings, including A Summary View of the Rights of British America, the

Declaration of Independence, and Notes on the State of Virginia are analyzed in depth. Hayes also provides substantial coverage of Jefferson's professional, social, and literary activities in Paris and his travels through Europe. He devotes a chapter to the time he served as secretary of state and

his publication, The Anas, an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at George Washington's presidency. His tenure as vice-president and president is considered in light of the ideas and relationships that were most salient for him during those crucial years. Separate chapters treat his correspondence

with John Adams, the formation of the Library of Congress and his retirement library, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, The Autobiography, and the founding of the University of Virginia. Overall, the biography offers an intimate portrait of the life of the mind that Jefferson cultivated and

dreamed of one day developing to its full potential while in retirement at Monticello.

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:
9780195307580
Author:
Hayes, Kevin J.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
null, Kevin J.
Subject:
American
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Jefferson, Thomas
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | Colonial
Subject:
18th C
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | Colonial & 18th C
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 halftones
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
6.2 x 9.3 x 1.9 in 2.6 lb

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"Synopsis" by , This superb new biography focuses on Jefferson's intellectual and literary life. Hayes follows Jefferson's education from adolescence to adulthood, examines his interests, and gives new interpretations of his writings.
"Synopsis" by , The sheer variety of Jefferson's many pursuits - he was an inventor, horticulturist, statesman, architect, and philosopher, among many other things - almost mask the singularity of his genius. But there is little doubt that our third president was also one of America's greatest intellectuals.

This superb new biography focuses on Jefferson's intellectual and literary life. It follows Jefferson's education from adolescence to adulthood, examines his interests, and gives new interpretations of his writings. Early writings, including A Summary View of the Rights of British America, the

Declaration of Independence, and Notes on the State of Virginia are analyzed in depth. Hayes also provides substantial coverage of Jefferson's professional, social, and literary activities in Paris and his travels through Europe. He devotes a chapter to the time he served as secretary of state and

his publication, The Anas, an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at George Washington's presidency. His tenure as vice-president and president is considered in light of the ideas and relationships that were most salient for him during those crucial years. Separate chapters treat his correspondence

with John Adams, the formation of the Library of Congress and his retirement library, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, The Autobiography, and the founding of the University of Virginia. Overall, the biography offers an intimate portrait of the life of the mind that Jefferson cultivated and

dreamed of one day developing to its full potential while in retirement at Monticello.

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