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In Charlottesville, Virginia, beneath the irregular rhythms of modern student life, there remains a grand expression of the Enlightenment, a philosophy concretized in brick and timber. Garry Wills explores Thomas Jefferson's great achievement, the University of Virginia, as a final, superb expression of the statesman's mind. Everything in the university's structure was planned to the last detail—a meticulous ordering that is both romantic and quixotic. The play of one architectural element into another is meant to reflect the interconnectedness of all knowledge. The stunning result is a place of study that makes one lost world of the 18th century only half lost after all.


  • 192 pages; 22 photographs
  • 6'' x 8''
  • Hardcover
  • © 2002

The Pulitzer Prize winning author, Garry Wills, is a professor of history at Northwestern University.

"Short and readable, yet scholarly and rich with insight."—New York Times Book Review

"There is much auspicious history to explore here, and Wills does so with great narrative skills."—Richmond Times-Dispatch


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