Thomas Jefferson on Gardens, Poetry, and Music

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From the editor's introduction: "Following a scheme of Francis Bacon, Jefferson cataloged the books in his library according to Memory (History), Reason (Philosophy), and Imagination (Fine Arts). Study in all three areas was needed for an intelligent, fully educated person. ...Acknowledging that there was no consensus on the number of Fine Arts, Jefferson included among them gardening, architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry, oratory, and criticism--with music, poetry, and oratory having further subcategories. This a critical investigation of the Fine Arts through the eyes of Jefferson and other significant figures of his day: James Macpherson and Lord Kames." M. Andrew Holowchak

Table of Contents

"The Greatest Poet that has [N]ever Existed": A Narrative Networks Analysis of the Poems of Ossian
A Response to Social Network Analysis of Jefferson's Favorite Poet
Cook and Bowl Carried Us Far Into the Night: Thomas Jefferson and the Fine Arts
Thomas Jefferson and the Art of Gardening
Thomas Jefferson, Ambassador for Musical Education in Early America
Lord Kames' Art of Criticism and Jefferson's Abbreviated Uptake
Book Reviews: Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder
Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monicello

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