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Mr. Jefferson's University

Wills, Garry

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ISBN 10: 0792265319 / ISBN 13: 9780792265313
Published by National Geographic Directions, Washington, D.C., 2002
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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No edition/printing info. Signed by the author on the title page: "Garry Wills." A "Signed by the author for the University of Virginia Bookstore" bookmark laid in; Univ. of VA is of course the subject of the book. Quarterbound in mauve paper-covered boards with a black cloth, silver-lettered spine. The book is unmarked; spine slightly cocked; corners sharp, tail of spine bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $20.00); Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006089

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Title: Mr. Jefferson's University

Publisher: National Geographic Directions, Washington, D.C.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

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In the paperback edition of the critically acclaimed hardcover, bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Garry Wills explores Thomas Jefferson's final and favorite achievement, the University of Virginia.

The University of Virginia is one of America's greatest architectural treasures and one of Thomas Jefferson's proudest achievements. At his request his headstone says nothing of his service as America's first Secretary of State or its third President. It says simply: "Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia." For this political genius was a supremely gifted artist as well, and of all Jefferson's stunning accomplishments, the school he built in Charlottesville is perhaps the most perfect expression of the man himself: as leader, as architect, and as philosopher.

In this engrossing, perceptive book, Garry Wills once again displays the keen intelligence and eloquent style that have won him great critical praise as he explores the creation of a masterpiece, tracing its evolution from Jefferson's idea of an "academical village" into a classically beautiful campus. Mr. Jefferson's University is at once a wonderful chronicle of the birth of a national institution and a deft portrait of the towering American who brought it to life.

"There is much auspicious history to explore here, and Wills does so with great narrative skills." —Richmond Times-Dispatch

"His command of the subject is formidable." —Los Angeles Times

About the Author:

Garry Wills, adjunct professor of history at Northwestern University, is the author of many books, including Lincoln at Gettysburg, Papal Sin, Venice: Lion City, Saint Augustine, and James Madison. He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Presidential Medal of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
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