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Jefferson and Monticello : the biography of a builder

Author: Jack McLaughlin
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, Inc., [1988] ©1988
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A biography focusing on the domestic life of Thomas Jefferson and the building of his home Monticello.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack McLaughlin
ISBN: 0805004823 9780805004823
OCLC Number: 16579367
Notes: Floor plan on lining papers.

Thomas Jefferson Foundation notes:
Floor plan on endpapers.
One Copy Gift From: George Green Shackelford, 2002.
One Copy Gift From: Groke Mickey, 2004.
Thomas Jefferson : a comprehensive, annotated bibliography (by Frank Shuffelton)
Arguing that TJ's house mirrored himself, claims that "Monticello is the man, and the house is a living testimony to the truth, 'I am what I build.'" This leads to an excellent account of TJ's life at Monticello and forcibly reminds us of the degree to which Monticello was always a house in process. TJ did not complete the distinctive porticoes until 1823, by which time sections finished years earlier were already beginning to fall into serious disrepair. The image of a white, shining house we behold today is a myth. The attempt to read TJ's life out of his house does seem, however, to open itself up to some questionable psychologizing; it is difficult, for example, to see why TJ's cramped staircases are necessarily "deeply symbolic of its owner's difficulties with free access and disclosure." -- Frank Shuffelton
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The author believes that "Those who construct their own shelter replicate themselves, at their deepest and most significant level, in their houses." -- Marilyn K. Parr (Library of Congress, A selected list of references)
ch. 1. "A very long time maturing his projects" -- ch. 2. All warm in the bosom of the house -- ch. 3. "Today my workmen assemble" -- ch. 4. To possess living souls -- ch. 5. "Moved to Monticello" -- ch. 6. The mistress of Monticello -- ch. 7. "The sublimated philosopher" in Paris -- ch. 8. "A shelter to unite under : O welcome hour whenever!" -- ch. 9. A single example of chaste architecture -- ch. 10. The guardian spirit of the place -- Afterword -- A Jefferson chronology.
Shuffelton Bibliography : Vol. 2 (1981-1990), No. 466
Description: viii, 481 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "A very long time maturing his projects" --
All warm in the bosom of the house --
"Today my workmen assemble" --
To possess living souls --
"Moved to Monticello" --
The mistress of Monticello --
"The sublimated philosopher" in Paris --
"A shelter to unite under: O welcome hour whenever!" --
A single example of chaste architecture --
The guardian spirit of the place --
Afterword --
A Jefferson chronology --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Jack McLaughlin.
Local System Bib Number:
3364

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A biography focusing on the domestic life of Thomas Jefferson and the building of his home Monticello.
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