PUBLISHER OF RAYNER'S "LIFE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON"
>(comments) I need the "Life of Thomas Jefferson" by B.L. Rayner >publisher, copyright and page number of the Thomas Jeffersons >college life. thank you. If I interpret your request correctly, you want the information from the print edition of this work. It is as follows: Life of Thomas Jefferson, with selections from the most valuable portions of his voluminous and unrivalled private correspondence. by B. L. Rayner Boston: Lilly, Wait, Colman, & Holden, 1834. The portion of the text that describes his activites in college begins on page 26, and extends through page 29.
> I realize that you have painstakingly produced an online version of the > text. Yet, when it comes to my personal books, I am a traditionalist in > the sense that I must have the physical book in my own two hands to > truly enjoy it. It is one of my pet peeves. I must be able to open the > book and suck the very life from the pages opened before me and glean > from them what my mind will allow. I consider a book to be a living > object, full of character and knowledge, given to it by its author's > mind and hands. In consideration of your background, I am certain you > are understanding of this. I know what you mean about a book being a living object. In fact, I believe you can experience the writer's "living" personality from a book. I had the fascinating experience of reading a book by an Indian mystic who had travelled to this country (in the late 19th century, I believe) in two versions: one was as written by himself, with peculiar syntax and vocabulary; the other in a thoroughly edited version of the same work. The first gave one the impression of a vivid and vivacious personality. The second was dead. It is awful what an editor can do to a writer's writing. The changes I made in the online edition of the Rayner text were hardly noticeable, and I feel quite sure did not destroy the spirit of the original.
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