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Thomas Jefferson and His Time, Volume 6: The Sage of Monticello | [Dumas Malone]

Thomas Jefferson and His Time, Volume 6: The Sage of Monticello

The Sage of Monticello is the sixth and final volume of Dumas Malone's epic masterwork, Jefferson and His Time, a biography begun in 1943 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1975. More wide ranging than the preceding volumes, The Sage of Monticello recounts the accomplishments, friendships, and family difficulties of Jefferson's last 17 years, including his retirement from Washington and the presidency.
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The Sage of Monticello is the sixth and final volume of Dumas Malone's epic masterwork, Jefferson and His Time, a biography begun in 1943 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1975. More wide ranging than the preceding volumes, The Sage of Monticello recounts the accomplishments, friendships, and family difficulties of Jefferson's last 17 years, including his retirement from Washington and the presidency, his correspondence with John Adams and James Madison, his mounting personal tribulations, and his major role in the founding of the Library of Congress and the University of Virginia, where he proved himself to be an extraordinary educator and architect as well as a statesman. This is a fitting final chapter in the life of one of America's greatest men.

Founding father: listen to the rest of the titles in the Thomas Jefferson and His Time series:

  • Volume 1
  • Volume 2
  • Volume 3
  • Volume 4
  • Volume 5

    ©1981 Dumas Malone; (P)1998 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    • Pulitzer Prize winner for history, 1975

    "Magnificent." (New York Times Book Review)
    "One of the great biographies of the 20th century." (New Republic)
    "All students of Jefferson are in [Malone's] debt." (Christian Science Monitor)

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      The work is probably the definitive biography of Thomas Jefferson. It's hard to imagine one more complete or better executed and is a real joy to read. Some reviews on this state that Malone is "pro-Jefferson" and biased towards him. Certainly, Malone is admires Jefferson (I can't imagine spending so many years on one man and not feeling some attachment to him), but he always seems objective regarding the facts in any given controversy and doesn't spare TJ any criticism when warranted. On the other hand, TJ made many enemies over his lifetime and these made numerous claims without necessarily being based in facts. Malone examines each with care and reason. The recording is dated in the late-1990s and was originally on cassette tapes. This is known because there is an occasional slip as she announces the beginning of a new tape from time to time. There are some technical problems and I recall these being mainly in the 1st and 5th volumes. On the whole, they aren't a big deal. Her tone is a bit wry for my taste but she gets the job done (the big, big job).

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