Thomas Jefferson Travels

Thomas Jefferson Travels : Collected Travel Writings 1765-1826

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Jefferson's travel writing has never been collected for publication before. This book offers a fresh insight into Jefferson and his expansive body of literature. Anthony Brandt, the editor of this volume, is an expert in the history of travel and exploration, whose narrative histories of arctic discovery have been hugely successful - Jefferson's Travels promises to build upon this reputation. Exploring a little-known aspect of Thomas Jefferson's expansive body of work, Anthony Brandt draws from the President's journals, personal correspondence, and other writing to look at Jefferson the traveller. During his life Jefferson made extensive tours of New England, he knew the Middle American states first hand, and he spent five years travelling widely within France, then onto Northern Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and England. As with everything else, he wrote about these experiences extensively. This insightful aspect of Jefferson's life has never been collected before. Selections from such wide-ranging sources as Jefferson's "Notes on Virginia", his correspondence with Lewis and Clark, and his travels through the villages of rural France are arranged in chronological order.
Introductory texts by Brandt, provide historic and contextual material for fully appreciating the selections. This book of Jefferson's travel writings, showing how he reacted to new environments and unfamiliar physical and cultural circumstances, brings new depth to our understanding of this remarkable man.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 33mm | 703.08g
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 0792254864
  • 9780792254867

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"Anthony Brandt...has shrewdly edited Jefferson's astonishing correspondence...into a compelling encounter with the mind of a great man." -"Los Angeles Times ""Here, in the trees, butterflies and beggars of his journal, I...sense a real-life Jefferson... This book is important." -"Times" (London)" "
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