Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson: The Life of Dumas Malone

Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson: The Life of Dumas Malone

by William G. Hyland Jr.


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The magisterial “collaboration” over half a lifetime between historian Dumas Malone and his subject, Thomas Jefferson, is the basis for William G. Hyland Jr.’s compelling Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson. Malone, the courtly and genteel historian from Mississippi, spent thirty-eight years researching and writing the definitive biography of the man who “invented the United States of America.”

Hyland provides a surprising portrait of the man many consider America’s greatest historian, recording in detail Malone’s struggle to finish his towering six-volume work on Jefferson through excruciating pain and then blindness at the age of eighty-three. Hyland includes Malone’s previously unpublished correspondence with such notables as John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, George H. W. Bush, Felix Frankfurter, and Fawn Brodie. Readers are treated to an exclusive look at private family documents and Malone’s unfinished memoir, which reflects on history, social commentary, and his life’s accomplishments.

Offering much more than most biographies, this book imparts extensive insights into Malone’s earlier years in Mississippi and Georgia, and how they shaped his character. Through interviews with his intimates, family members, rivals, and subordinates, Hyland generates a true portrait of the man behind the intellect and the myth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612341972
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 01/31/2013
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

William G. Hyland Jr., a native of Virginia, is the author of In Defense of Thomas Jefferson (2009), nominated for the Virginia Literary Award, and a professor at Stetson University College of Law. He is a member of the Virginia and New York Historical Societies, serves on the board of directors of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, and has lectured at the National Archives and for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xix

Chronology xxi

1 The White House 1

2 Reflections 5

3 The Deep South 11

4 A Marine 21

5 Brothers 31

6 Yak 37

7 Along the Lawn 43

8 Elisabeth 57

9 The Dictionary 67

10 Harvard University Press 83

11 Columbia 97

12 On Writing and Politics 107

13 Jefferson, the Virginian 119

14 Douglas Southall Freeman 135

15 Sally Hemings 147

16 Malonevs. CBS 163

17 The Pulitzer Prize 173

18 Fame and the Famous 185

19 Blindness 197

20 Death on the Mountain 207

Afterword 213

Epilogue: Jefferson's DNA 221

Appendix A Jefferson Letter to Roosevelt 227

Appendix B Prizes, Awards, and Writings 241

Notes 243

Bibliography 275

Index 287

About the Author 297

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