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The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson
 
 
Author
Kevin J. Hayes.
Publisher Oxford  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780199895830
Pages/Publication Date 738/2008
Daedalus Item Code 40957
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Along with his much-studied roles as a statesman, founder, and architect, Thomas Jefferson was also an avid book collector, a voracious reader, and a gifted writer, who prided himself on his knowledge of classical and modern languages, and whose marginal annotations include quotations from Euripides, Herodotus, and Milton. English professor Kevin Hayes—author of A Colonial Woman's Bookshelf, Melville's Folk Roots, and Poe and the Printed Word—here offers a lively account of Jefferson's intellectual development, focusing on the books that exerted the most profound influence on his writing and thinking, from the popular "small books" sold by traveling chapmen, 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 3rd-century Gaelic warrior-poet.

"In what will surely be the definitive work on the subject, Hayes presents a scrupulously researched examination of the reading habits and thinking of our third president, effectively a biography of Thomas Jefferson's intellect over the course of his life. Although Jefferson's public career has always been granted close examination, Hayes demonstrates that Jefferson's life of the mind also merits the close study provided here."—Library Journal

 
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