The Resource George Washington : a life in books, Kevin J. Hayes

George Washington : a life in books, Kevin J. Hayes

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George Washington : a life in books
Title
George Washington
Title remainder
a life in books
Statement of responsibility
Kevin J. Hayes
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "When it comes to the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton are generally singled out as the great minds of early America. Up until the present day, George Washington has never been taken seriously as an intellectual. Indeed, John Adams once snobbishly dismissed him as "too illiterate, unlearned, unread for his station and reputation." Yet Adams and most of the men who knew Washington were unaware of his regular devotion to reading as a program of self-improvement. Based on an exhaustive amount of research at the Library of Congress, the collections at Mount Vernon, and rare book archives scattered across the country, Kevin J. Hayes draws on juvenilia, letters, diaries, pamphlets, and the close to 1,000 books owned by Washington to reconstruct the active intellectual life that has gone largely unnoticed in conventional narratives of the first US president. Despite being a lifelong reader, Washington felt a sense of acute embarrassment about his relative lack of formal education and cultural sophistication, and in this lively literary biography, Hayes reconstructs how Washington worked tirelessly to improve his mind. Beginning with the primers, forgotten periodicals, conduct books, and classic eighteenth-century novels such as Tom Jones that shaped Washington's early life, Hayes engages with Washington's letters and journals, charting the many ways the books of his upbringing affected decisions before and during the Revolutionary War. The final section of the book covers the voluminous reading that occurred during Washington's presidency and his retirement at Mount Vernon. Throughout, Hayes also engages with Washington's writings as well as his readings, starting with The Journal of Major George Washington and going through his Farewell Address. The sheer breadth of titles under review here allow readers to glimpse Washington's views on foreign policy, economics, the law, art, slavery, marriage, and religion. Ultimately, The Books in George Washington's Life offers a startling new perspective on the mind of America's Father, uncovering the ideas that shaped his intellectual journey and, subsequently, the development of young America."--
  • "Revered as a general and trusted as America's first elected leader, George Washington is considered a great many things in the contemporary imagination, but an intellectual is not one of them. In correcting this longstanding misconception, George Washington: A Life in Books offers a stimulating literary biography that traces the effects of a life spent in self-improvement"--
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Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
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Hayes, Kevin J
Dewey number
  • 973.4/1092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E 312.17 .H397 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Washington, George
  • Presidents
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • Washington, George
  • Books and reading
  • Presidents
  • United States
Label
George Washington : a life in books, Kevin J. Hayes
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Preface -- 1. Meditations and Contemplations -- 2. Every Boy His Own Teacher -- 3. Exemplars -- 4. Travel Writing -- 5. The Journal of Major George Washington -- 6. A Memorial Containing a Summary View of Facts -- 7. Home and Garden -- 8. George Washington, Bibliographer -- 9. The Education of John Parke Custis -- 10. Revolutionary Pamphlets -- 11. Common Sense and Independence -- 12. A Green Baize Bookcase -- 13. Planning for Retirement -- 14. Haven of History -- 15. The Slave, the Quaker, and the Panopticon -- 16. Politics and the Picaresque -- 17. Presidential Patronage and the Development of American Literature -- 18. Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress -- 19. Farewell Address -- 20. Home at Last -- Sources -- Index
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 390 pages
Isbn
9780190456672
Lccn
2016046056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)960940240
  • (OCoLC)ocn960940240
Label
George Washington : a life in books, Kevin J. Hayes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Preface -- 1. Meditations and Contemplations -- 2. Every Boy His Own Teacher -- 3. Exemplars -- 4. Travel Writing -- 5. The Journal of Major George Washington -- 6. A Memorial Containing a Summary View of Facts -- 7. Home and Garden -- 8. George Washington, Bibliographer -- 9. The Education of John Parke Custis -- 10. Revolutionary Pamphlets -- 11. Common Sense and Independence -- 12. A Green Baize Bookcase -- 13. Planning for Retirement -- 14. Haven of History -- 15. The Slave, the Quaker, and the Panopticon -- 16. Politics and the Picaresque -- 17. Presidential Patronage and the Development of American Literature -- 18. Official Letters to the Honorable American Congress -- 19. Farewell Address -- 20. Home at Last -- Sources -- Index
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 390 pages
Isbn
9780190456672
Lccn
2016046056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)960940240
  • (OCoLC)ocn960940240

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