Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Modern Library Series)

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"Jefferson aspired beyond the ambition of a nationality,
and embraced in his view the whole future of man."
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The architect of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson provided a rich treasure house of historical information in his journals, addresses, and letters. This ...

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Overview

"Jefferson aspired beyond the ambition of a nationality,
and embraced in his view the whole future of man."
—Henry Adams

The architect of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson provided a rich treasure house of historical information in his journals, addresses, and letters. This distinguished selection of his writings is now available in trade paper.

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Jefferson aspired beyond the ambition of a nationality, and embraced in his view the whole future of man... His true delight was in an intellectual life of science and art... He fairly reveled in what he believed to be beautiful, and his writings often betrayed subtle feeling for artistic form - a sure mark of intelectual seriousness.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679600626
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/17/1993
  • Series: Modern Library Series
  • Edition description: REP
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 1.28 (d)

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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the third president of the United States, left a vast literary legacy in the form of journal entries, notes, addresses, and seventy thousand letters. Jefferson remains one of the country's most extraordinary figures;
as well as president he was a brilliant statesman, architect, scientist, naturalist, educator, and public servant. At a dinner for Nobel Prize recipients, John F. Kennedy said that his guests were "the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
This volume of his works, edited by Adrienne Koch and William Peden, represents many of Jefferson's most important contributions to American political thought. It includes the Autobiography, which contains the original and revised version of the Declaration of Independence; the Anas, or Notes (1791-1809); Biographical Sketches; selections from Notes on Virginia, the Travel Journals, and Essay on Anglo-Saxon; a portion of his public papers, including his first and second inaugural addresses, and over two hundred letters. The editors have provided a general introduction and introductory notes that precede the major works.
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