Mr. Jefferson's Telescope: A History of the University of Virginia in One Hundred Objects

Mr. Jefferson's Telescope: A History of the University of Virginia in One Hundred Objects by Brendan Wolfe 0813940109 9780813940106
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Thomas Jefferson considered the University of Virginia to be among his finest achievements--a living monument to his artistic and intellectual ambitions. Now, on the occasion of the Universitys bicentennial, Brendan Wolfe has assembled one hundred objects that, brought together in one fascinating book, offer a new, sometimes surprising history of Jeffersons favorite project.

Mr. Jeffersons Telescope begins with the years leading up to the Universitys 1819 founding and continues to the triumphs and challenges of the present day, each entry joining a full-color image with an engaging description that both stands alone and contributes to an engrossing larger narrative about how the school has evolved over time. Considering an orange and blue silk handkerchief, Wolfe reveals that the Universitys school colors were originally cardinal red and gray--calling to mind a Confederate soldiers blood-stained uniform but ultimately deemed not bright enough to stand out on muddy football fields. The record of an overdue book checked out by a young Edgar Allan Poe speaks to a long literary tradition. On the subject of a key to the Rotundas doors, Wolfe introduces us to its keeper, the Monticello-born ex-slave who rang the hourly bells on Grounds into the early twentieth century.

Beautifully illustrated with over one hundred new and archival images, this book brings to life a remarkable array of significant objects while offering to the reader the best introduction available to the history of Jeffersons great institution.

Author: Brendan Wolfe

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 248

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

Publication Date: 2017-08-08


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