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Jefferson's literary commonplace book

Author: Thomas Jefferson; Douglas L Wilson
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1989.
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"This work is a new edition of Thomas Jefferson's literary commonplace book, a notebook of his literary and philosophical reading. Unlike the only previous edition, published in 1928, it contains full annotation, pertinent information on the authors and works commonplaced, and a rationale for dating the entries. Thus it is now possible to show that most of the four hundred seven passages were entered when Jefferson  Read more...
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Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Jefferson; Douglas L Wilson
ISBN: 0691047200 9780691047201
OCLC Number: 18351425
Notes: Thomas Jefferson Foundation notes:
One Copy Gift From: George Green Shackelford, 2002.
One Copy Gift From: Charles Suddarth Kelly, 2005.
One Copy Gift From: Betty Goss, 2006.
Papers of Thomas Jefferson. Second series
Thomas Jefferson : a comprehensive, annotated bibliography (by Frank Shuffelton)
Literary commonplace book
A new, definitive edition of the text which Gilbert Chinard originally published in 1928 as TJ's Literary Bible, with supporting annotation, an accurate rendering of the text, and a proposed dating of the entries. The dating analysis is made on the basis of TJ's handwriting and is explained in an appendix. He seems to have entered a substantial portion of quotations from his reading before December, 1762, and the last principal period of activity covered the years 1768-1773. Includes an excellent introduction, a descriptive analysis of the manuscript, a description of entries in the manuscript not by TJ, and tables analyzing the content of the entries. -- Frank Shuffelton
Shuffelton Bibliography : Vol. 2 (1981-1990), No. 535
Description: xx, 242 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Other Titles: Literary Commonplace book.
Commonplace book
Responsibility: Douglas L. Wilson, editor.
Local System Bib Number:
3558

Abstract:

"This work is a new edition of Thomas Jefferson's literary commonplace book, a notebook of his literary and philosophical reading. Unlike the only previous edition, published in 1928, it contains full annotation, pertinent information on the authors and works commonplaced, and a rationale for dating the entries. Thus it is now possible to show that most of the four hundred seven passages were entered when Jefferson was a young man, between the ages of fifteen and thirty. As such, they reflect the range of his literary interests from his school days to about the time of his marriage and involvement in politics. As one of the few surviving documents from Jefferson's early years, this notebook assumes special importance as a source of insight into the least known period of his life. In the introduction the editor presents reasons for thinking that the commonplace book was more to Jefferson than a literary sampler and was in some respects a deeply personal notebook with direct connections to the emotional events and preoccupations of his formative years. In addition to the text and annotation, the book contains a register of authors and an illustrated essay on Jefferson's handwriting that provides the rationale for assigning approximate dates to the entries of the commonplace book."--Publisher's description.
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