Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 481 pages
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This book, a National Book Award nominee in 1988, is the life of Thomas Jefferson as seen through the prism of his love affair with Monticello. For over half a century, it was his consuming passion, his most serious amusement. With a sure command of sources and skilled intuitive understanding of Jefferson, McLaughlin crafts and uncommon portrait of builder and building alike. En route he tells us much about life in Virginia; about Monticello's craftsmen and how they worked their materials; about slavery, class, and family; and, above all, about the multiplicity of domestic concerns that preoccupied this complex man. It is and engaging and incisive look at the eighteenth-century mind: systematic, rational, and curious, but also playful, comfort-loving, and amusing. Ultimately, it provides readers with great insight into daily life in Colonial and Federal America.

 

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Contents

A Very Long Time Maturing His Projects
1
All Warm in the Bosom of the House
33
Today My Workmen Assemble
65
To Possess Living Souls
94
Moved to Monticello
146
The Mistress of Monticello
177
The Sublimated Philosopher in Paris
209
A Shelter to Unite Under O Welcome Hour Whenever
239
The Guardian Spirit of the Place
339
Afterword
375
A Jefferson Chronology
387
Acknowledgments
389
Notes
391
Picture Credits
459
Index
463
Copyright

A Single Example of Chaste Architecture
286

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John McLaughlin is head of the Humanities Division of Clemson University and has contributed to such scholarly journals as Shakespeare Quarterly and Modern Drama. He is also the author of The Housebuilding Experience.

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