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Thomas Jefferson

Writings (LOA #17): Autobiography / Notes on the State of Virginia / Public and Private Papers / Addresses / Letters (Library of America Founders Collection #1)

Thomas Jefferson, Merrill D. Peterson (Editor)


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The most comprehensive collection of the Founding Father’s famous writings, including drafts of the Declaration of Independence
At the moment of our nation's birth, Thomas Jefferson defined the issues that still direct our political life. Displaying his extraordinary variety of interests and powerful and precise style, Jefferson’s writings are an invaluable and incisive record of the landscape, inhabitants, life, and daily customs of America in the Revolutionary and early national eras.
This book is the most comprehensive one-volume selection of Jefferson ever published. It contains such famous works as "Autobiography" and "Notes on the State of Virginia." A series of addresses, 287 letters, and public and private writings—including the original and revised drafts of the Declaration of Independence—round out the collection, painting not only a portrait of the early days of America but of one of the most influential and controversial figures in our nation's history.
LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

Library of America, 9780940450165, 1600pp.

Publication Date: August 15, 1984

About the Author

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1824) was the drafter of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States.

Merrill D. Peterson (1921-2009) was professor of history at the University of Virginia and the author of Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation: A Biography, The Jefferson Image in the American Mind, and Lincoln in American Memory.