Milton at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson’s Reading of John Milton

by Kemmer Anderson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 15/10/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 100
ISBN : 9781796065909
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 100
ISBN : 9781796065893

About the Book

Milton at Monticello focuses on how Thomas Jefferson read John Milton’s political tracts, Paradise Lost, and Samson Agonistes. While examining Jefferson’s “Thoughts on English Prosody” and entries from his Literary Commonplace Book, I listened for echoes between Jefferson and Milton. Through the lens of Lycidas and Sonnet 23, I probe how Jefferson lived with grief. With the intuition of a poet, I approached these icons of Liberty and Reason with an imaginative ear for the making and keeping of a Republic. In his work Kemmer Anderson shines a light on the subtle kinship of these two great figures, who with their powers shouldered not only their own times, but considerable futures. He offers the reader a thoughtful nexus for the spirit of their gifts. Lawrence Mathis, poet & architect.

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