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Jefferson on Jefferson
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Binding: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Weight: 0.77 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.82 x W: 0.47 inches
ISBN 10: 081312235X
ISBN 13: 9780813122359
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Not trusting biographers with his story and frustrated by his friends failure to justify his role in the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson wrote his autobiography on his own terms at the age of seventy seven. Yet he revealed little about himself and his family, choosing instead to address the various political concerns of the day. The resulting book ends, well before his death, with his return from France at the age of forty six. Asked for additional details concerning his life, Jefferson often claimed to have a decayed memory. Fortunately, this shrewd politician, philosopher, architect, inventor, farmer, and scientist penned nearly eighteen thousand letters in his lifetime, saving almost every scrap he wrote.

In Jefferson on Jefferson, researcher Paul Zall returns to original manuscripts and correspondence for a new view of the statesman s life. He extends the story where Jefferson left off, weaving excerpts from other writings notes, rough drafts, and private correspondence with passages from the original autobiography. Jefferson reveals his grief over the death of his daughter, details his hotly contested election against John Adams (decided by the House of Representatives), expresses his thoughts on religion, and tells of life at Monticello.

The result is a new and more complex portrait of a man who was often bitter about the past and insecure about his place in history. With notes and a helpful introduction, Jefferson on Jefferson offers readers a new glimpse into the life of Thomas Jefferson, as told by Jefferson himself.


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