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  1. Martha Jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson
    Martha Jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson
    Martha Jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson
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  2. Martha Jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson

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Martha Jefferson is the first and only biography of Thomas Jefferson’s greatest love and true kindred spirit, who died an untimely death at the young age of thirty-three in 1782. Drawing on a wealth of newly probed sources—including family letters, documents, and the handwritten notes left by Jefferson’s famed biographer, Dumas Malone—William G. Hyland Jr. captures the charm, sophistication, and grace, as well as a profound sense of history, of this little known and elusive figure who, until now, has been a mere footnote to the story of America’s founding.

Hyland brings us a conflicted and honest Martha Jefferson, who endured the Revolution as valiantly as some men—defending her very doorstep from raiding British troops—and presided over the domestic life of the Jeffersons’ “little mountain,” Monticello, during her husband’s long absences and historic rise to power. A revealing and insightful look at an often overlooked American woman, this book provides a unique and previously unexplored understanding of America’s Revolutionary Era, and the men and women upon whose bravery, talent, and resolve our nation was founded.

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William G. Hyland Jr.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Where is an editor when one is needed? While there is some history in here and the author has apparently done research, as witness the footnotes and appendices, it is terribly, awfully, horribly repetitive and full of instances using words such as "septum" when he means "sputum" ( pg. 193) . On page 70 in the space of three sentences the author describes Martha Jefferson's eyes as "The richest shade of hazel,"quoting another source and two sentences later declares "Her eyes were pale blue starred with bristly black lashes." He repeats the quote about hazel eyes and her auburn hair color ad nauseam throughout the book. The editor could easily have taken about a hundred pages out of this and not missed a thing.

The manuscript jumps back and forth in time, which would not be a problem if there were some cohesiveness without repeating almost exactly the same quotes from sources and other authors so often and usually within the space of a few... Read more
Martha Jefferson was the most important person in Thomas Jefferson’s life. William Hyland’s insightful portrait tells us how this little understood fact acquired a tragic dimension.
— Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
He lost me when he said that George Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, but I did leaf through the rest and saw repetitions, discrepancies, and speculation.
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