The Women Jefferson Loved (Hardcover)

By Virginia Scharff

Harper, 9780061227073, 496pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2010

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Description

"A focused, fresh spin on Jeffersonian biography." --Kirkus Reviews

In the tradition of Annette Gordon-Reed's The Hemingses of Monticello and David McCullough's John Adams, historian Virginia Scharff offers a compelling, highly readable multi-generational biography revealing how the women Thomas Jefferson loved shaped the third president's ideas and his vision for the nation. Scharff creates a nuanced portrait of the preeminent founding father, examining Jefferson through the eyes of the women who were closest to him, from his mother to his wife and daughters to Sally Hemings and the slave family he began with her.



Praise For The Women Jefferson Loved

“[A] luminous and long overdue addition to Jefferson scholarship. . . . This book is a tour de force; a must read for all who are interested in the early America, Jefferson, and Monticello.”
-Annette Gordon-Reed, author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

“A smart, eye-opening, vividly written saga of Monticello. It’s an indispensable portrait of Thomas Jefferson like none other. Highly recommended!”
-Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History, Rice University, and author of The Wilderness Warrior

“With wit and verve, Scharff introduces us to a new side of the Founding Father, unraveling the intricate ties between his public and private lives and creating an unforgettable portrait of a man bound up in the struggle between head and heart.”
-Martha A. Sandweiss, author of Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line

“It is not often that I spend a day reading a single book, but The Women Jefferson Loved is that gripping. Moving, brilliantly written and deeply sympathetic to everyone concerned, it is a wonder.”
-Richard White, Professor of History, Stanford University, and author of The Middle Ground

“Scharff weaves a fascinating tale, enriched by the insights of the best contemporary scholarship, and seamlessly constructed from family lore, letters, garden and account books, and Martha Jefferson’s housekeeping journal. This is a terrific read!”
-Barbara Oberg, General Editor, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Princeton University

“We’ve all heard about the influence of the women ‘behind’ great men. Virginia Scharff actually shows this by examining all the women in Jefferson’s life-his mother, white wife, black common-law wife, daughters and granddaughters. A grand, lively read.”
-Linda Gordon, Professor of History, New York University, and author of Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

“If you think there’s nothing new to learn about Thomas Jefferson, think again-and read this original, shrewd and above all compassionate book. Virginia Scharff introduces us to the remarkable women who, as much as Jefferson himself, illuminate their time through their lives and their strength of character.”
-Elliott West, author of The Last Indian War: The Nez Perce Story