The road to Monticello: the life and mind of Thomas Jefferson

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Oxford University Press,
Pub. Date:
2008.
Language:
English
Description
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.
More Details
ISBN:
9780195307580
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 59ca7608-94dc-4da6-f0ba-30b75f4afd69
full_title road to monticello the life and mind of thomas jefferson
author hayes kevin j
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-14 05:04:16AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Hayes, Kevin J.
author_display Hayes, Kevin J
available_at_arlington Central, Local History
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction, Center for Local History Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Center for Local History Nonfiction, Central Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id 59ca7608-94dc-4da6-f0ba-30b75f4afd69
isbn 9780195307580
item_details ils:.b12937101|.i13582537|Central Adult Nonfiction|973.46 H418r|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Oct 31, 2016|can||, ils:.b12937101|.i13582549|Center for Local History Nonfiction|VA 973.46 H418r|||1|false|false|||||Library Use Only||van||
itype_arlington Hardback
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 973.46 H418r, VA 973.46 H418r
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central, Local History
primary_isbn 9780195307580
publishDate 2008
record_details ils:.b12937101|Book|Books||English|Oxford University Press,|2008.|viii, 738 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b12937101|.i13582537|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||, ils:.b12937101|.i13582549|Library Use Only|Library Use Only|false|true|false|false|false|true||||
subject_facet Presidents -- United States -- Biography
title_display The road to Monticello : the life and mind of Thomas Jefferson
title_full The road to Monticello : the life and mind of Thomas Jefferson / Kevin J. Hayes
title_short The road to Monticello :
title_sub the life and mind of Thomas Jefferson