Thomas Jefferson's Scrapbooks: Poems of Nation, Family, & Romantic Love Collected by America's Third President

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Jonathan Michael Gross
Steerforth Press, 2006 - History - 570 pages
While in office from 1801 to 1809, Thomas Jefferson cut and pasted into homemade scrapbooks hundreds of poems of nation – early odes to the still coalescing republic – family, and romantic love. He gave the books as gifts to his granddaughters and for nearly 200 years it was believed the girls had compiled the collections themselves. No previous biography of Jefferson has drawn on this important resource. In unexpected ways this groundbreaking work will help demystify “the American sphinx.” 243 of the poems that captured Jefferson’s imagination are published here for the first time, with essays, annotations and photographs that make this historically important and revealing volume a delight to explore.

Thomas Jefferson’s Scrapbooksshows our third president’s taste for sentimental verse and abolitionist poems, and will modify his reputation as a strict neo-classicist. It includes a poem by Benjamin Franklin, several odes on the death of Alexander Hamilton, poems by women writers who have not been fully recovered in recent anthologies, and corrects the assumption that newspaper verse did not shape Jefferson's thinking on foreign affairs. Jefferson's interest in young American poets will surprise even his biographers who do not always include his literary tastes while in office in their studies of the man. And numerous anti-Federalist poems will correct the view of Jefferson as a reluctant politician.

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Contents

Acknowledgments ziii
5
Poems of Nation
11
Uncle Jonathan From the Political Observatory
76
The Embargo Parodied by Simon Pepperpot the Younger
84
From the Trenton American Embargo
91
A Tickler for Timothy By Jack Nine Thread Ratline
98
The Embargo A Satire William Cullen Bryant
104
Hail Liberty
112
The Test of Conjugal Love Royall Tyler
300
Hospitality
308
Moral and Natural Beauty
314
My Daughter
320
The Mother to Her Child
326
Poems of Romantic Love
329
The Evening Star By T Campbell
403
Memory
409

Spanish Patriotism A Parody
118
England and France
126
Tune Erin Go Brah Despair on her wild eye
132
To the President
138
Epigram by Thomas G Fessenden
144
Poems of Family
175
The Weeping Mother A True Tale
217
On Content
231
Extract from the Mirror for Magistrates
244
For this Gazette Lines Addressed to a Young Lady
257
On a Long Nose
271
Cure for Bad Razors Peter Pindar 273
276
The Spirit of Contradiction
280
From a London Paper Impromptu on
286
The Jug of Rum By Philip Freneau
294
From the Lay of the Last Minstrel a poem by Walter Scon
416
The Beggar Mary Robinson
423
Osmam and Zorida from Florian adapted and attributed
434
From Strangfords Camoens
441
To Virtue
449
On War By Miss Bannerman
455
On Time By Selleck Osborne
462
Favorite Epigrams of Jefferson
481
Jefferson and Womens Education
497
The Literary Value of the Selected Poems
504
Notes
539
Bibliography
551
Index
557
Copyright

About the author (2006)

Jonathan Gross is a professor of English at Depaul University and a specialist in British romantic verse, with a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. He has served as a fellow at the Huntington Library and the International Center for Jefferson Studies.

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