An Expression of the American Mind

Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
Introduced by R. B. Bernstein

This collection, commissioned by Folio, presents the best of Jefferson’s writings: political correspondence with George Washington, private letters to his wife and his lover, and documents that express his views on everything from America's future to the nature of democracy and slavery.

In 1825, a year before his death, Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Revolutionary War hero Henry Lee to explain his purpose in drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776. ‘It was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion.’ Third President of the United States, Jefferson was instrumental in the very creation of America – a task that, as R. B. Bernstein writes in his introduction to this volume, was ‘an act of literary conception as much as political action or military struggle’.

Three-quarter-bound in buckram with a printed Modigliani paper front board

Set in Palatino

616 pages

Frontispiece and 32 pages of colour plates

Plain slipcase

10˝ x 6¼˝

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