My Thomas: A Novel of Martha Jefferson's Life
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Title: My Thomas: A Novel of Martha Jefferson's ...
Publisher: Doubleday, New York, New York, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1993
Book Condition:As New
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Presentation Copy, Signed By Author
Edition: 1st Ed., 1st Printing Stated
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A recreation of the diaries of Martha Jefferson creates an intimate portrait of two people and their love affair, as well as a chronicle of the revolutionary periodFrom the Author:
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence when he was only thirty-three. He served as Governor of Virginia during the Revolutionary War, and then he became the first Secretary of State, the second Vice President, and the third President of the United States. He was a profound spiritual thinker who wrote The Jefferson Bible, and in his old age he founded the University of Virginia. Our history holds few who can match his accomplishments.
You know the public Thomas Jefferson, but what you may not realize is that he shared a beautiful love story. In his old age he referred to the wife of his youth as "the cherished companion of my life," and to his marriage as "ten years of unchequered happiness."
Since he spent that decade immersed in war, you can see that theirs must have been quite a marriage! I read Alf J. Mapp's wonderful Thomas Jefferson: A Strange Case of Mistaken Identity in the late eighties, and I wrote to Dr. Mapp my first-ever fan letter. Soon he and I were telephone friends. When I asked him what was known about Jefferson's marriage, he said that since the man had burned all his wife's letters and papers, nothing really was known. I said, "Well, you could write it as a novel?" He said, "Why don't you do that?" And so this book was born. I spent a year doing intensive research before I ever wrote a word, and during the year that I was writing My Thomas I continued to investigate each small detail.
What I discovered was that there was a lot of information to be found about Martha Jefferson. You just had to dig for it. I came to realize, too, that the historical record is so rich, and Thomas Jefferson was such a prolific letter-writer and record-keeper, that it was possible to write a very accurate account of those ten unchequered years. Doubleday bought My Thomasat once. Publication was set to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Jefferson's birth. But my editor moved to another publisher two months before its publication date, so Doubleday refused to promote My Thomas and simply let it die.
Fast-forward to early 2015. Each of us has spirit guides who help us to make the most of this lifetime that we planned with our spirit guides' assistance. I always had thought of my guides more or less as I think of my car's engine: if everything seems to be running fine, I don't care to know what is under the hood. My primary guide spoke to me from out of a flash of spiritual light when I was eight, and then again when I was twenty, but otherwise for my whole life he has preferred to guide me only at night, when we all astral-travel as our bodies sleep. Until I was in my sixties, that worked fine.
I have recently learned that my primary spirit guide was Thomas Jefferson in his penultimate earth-lifetime. Our plan together this time around included my completing a task that he had begun in his Jefferson lifetime, but there were steps to be taken first. Thomas had no trouble in guiding me to get degrees in religion and the law, after which I did decades of afterlife research. I wrote The Fun of Dying and The Fun of Staying in Touch. I had no daytime awareness that a plan was unfolding, but rather it all seemed to be my own doing. Then came the time for me to complete what Thomas saw as his remaining task as Jefferson, and apparently I refused to do it. No matter what he said to me during our nighttime guidance sessions, no way was I writing a book about Jesus! Ix-nay to that. No way.
So in February of 2015, Thomas broke into my waking life by kindness of the wonderful spiritual medium and my dear friend, Susanne Wilson. He told me that it was essential that I write "for this modern age" a book about Jesus that he had written as Thomas Jefferson but never published. The story of how Liberating Jesus came to be written is told in an appendix there, but suffice it to say that my writing of Thomas's book was a harrowing and flabbergasting experience.Hearing from its first readers, though, has made me begin to realize that the whole purpose of my life is going to turn out to have been writing that book. Anyway, I did it. I wrote Thomas's book. Then I asked him to do something for me.
My Thomas is the best novel I will ever write. And in the course of my getting to know my guide as someone in my waking life, he told me that he had helped me write it.Wow--you did? That's enormous news! The only problem is that by now Thomas is very much over his Jefferson lifetime. He doesn't want to think about it. He seldom is willing to answer questions. But two hundred years is a long time for someone to have to wait to complete his work. Once Liberating Jesus was in print, Thomas seemed to lighten up, and I dared to ask him what he would let me say about his participation in writing this book. Perhaps to give me a gift in return for the gift that I just had given to him, he has allowed me to tell you the following things:
1) The idea for My Thomas came from him. He saw it as a warm-up for our subsequent work together.
2) He guided all my research. He even tells me that some of those I talked with were reluctant to give me information, but he prompted their cooperation.
3) He guided the writing as well, giving me the episodes in order and much of the language. He says he made certain that I "got the details right."
4) He came up with the title. I recall that Doubleday wanted to call this novel something silly, and when I heard that, I blurted, "No! Please call it My Thomas."
Then, I had no idea where that had come from. Now, I know. And my sense is that Thomas chose the title not so much for the 1993 edition, but more for the book that he expected would one day sit on shelves beside Liberating Jesus.
The historic Thomas Jefferson was a private man. He carefully shielded his personal life, which has left us believing he was cold and stiff. Perhaps it isn't so surprising that he might have wanted after his death to tell us more of who he really was. Now it seems that a hundred and sixty-odd years after his body died, he channeled an intimate account of his life during the Revolutionary War from the perspective of his cherished wife. Like you and me, once he was young. And he fell very much in love.
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