Long journey with Mr. Jefferson
William G. Hyland
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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 Hyland includes Malone's previously unpublished correspondence with such notables as John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, George H. W. Bush, Felix Frankfurter, and Fawn Brodie.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 insight into Malone's earlier years in Mississippi and Georgia, and how they shaped his character. Through interviews with Malone's intimates, family members, rivals, and subordinates, Hyland generates a true portrait of the man behind the intellect and the myth.
battle for its own sake. Had we lived in your day, it is entirely possible that neither Mr. Madison nor I would have been in political life at all. I should have loved to experiment in one of your wonderful laboratories, though I shouldn’t have wanted to do only that, and he would have been supremely happy in the library of one of your schools of law. As I said with entire sincerity in my old age, “No man ever had less desire of entering into public offices than myself.” During my extended tour
University Press I am not sure going to the Harvard Press was a wise decision. With the benefit of hindsight and from the purely professional point of view, it may appear that I took the wrong fork of the road. —DUMAS MALONE1 Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636. It was named after the college’s first benefactor, the young minister John Harvard of Charlestown, who upon his death in 1638 left his library and estate to the institution.
its fireplace in every room and its peeling wallpaper, had nine occupants, a small group compared to the typesetters, pressmen, proofreaders, bookkeepers, and shippers crowding Randall Hall. The nine were Malone, Pottinger, and their secretaries on the first floor and Warren Smith, Horace Arnold, Eleanor Dobson, Dorothy Greenwald, and Grace Alva Briggs on the second. This staff published an average of seventy-seven books a year during Malone’s editorship.22 During four of the seven years Malone
reason the family left Lincoln, although the “loss of our apple tree was a consideration,” Malone later wrote. In 1940, when gasoline was becoming scarce because of the war in Europe, the Malones bought a house on Belmont Hill, where they lived for the next three years. According to Malone, there was “a small but admirable day school almost behind our house and this proved just the place for our children. The years prior to the American entrance into the War were good years.”24 After the United
controversy. “Of course this will be no effective rebuttal to Brodie’s Book of the Month and Chase-Riboud’s Literary Guild selection and the vast amounts of publicity both works have received. But it seems desirable to have something on the record in hard covers.” Published in 1981, The Jefferson Scandals: A Rebuttal allowed Dabney to repeat many of the points he had already made in newspaper and magazine articles. It took issue with Brodie’s claim that Malone and Peterson were members of a