What We Are Reading Today: Jefferson’s Legal Commonplace Book by Thomas Jefferson

Updated 24 April 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Jefferson’s Legal Commonplace Book by Thomas Jefferson

  • This authoritative volume is the first to contain the complete text of Jefferson’s notebook

As a law student and young lawyer in the 1760s, Thomas Jefferson began writing abstracts of English common law reports. Even after abandoning his law practice, he continued to rely on his legal commonplace book to document the legal, historical, and philosophical reading that helped shape his new role as a statesman. Indeed, he made entries in the notebook in preparation for his mission to France, as president of the US, and near the end of his life. 

This authoritative volume is the first to contain the complete text of Jefferson’s notebook, says a review on the Princeton University Press review. With more than 900 entries on such thinkers as Beccaria, Montesquieu, and Lord Kames, Jefferson’s Legal Commonplace Book is a fascinating chronicle of the evolution of Jefferson’s searching mind.

Unlike the only previous edition of Jefferson’s notebook, published in 1926, this edition features a verified text of Jefferson’s entries and full annotation, including essential information on the authors and books he documents. 

In addition, the volume includes a substantial introduction that places Jefferson’s text in a legal, historical and biographical context.


Cast and crew of Moroccan film ‘Adam’ pose for the cameras in Cannes

Updated 20 May 2019
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Cast and crew of Moroccan film ‘Adam’ pose for the cameras in Cannes

DUBAI: The cast and crew behind “Adam,” the first feature film by Moroccan director Maryam Touzani, appeared for a photo call before the film was screened at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival o Sunday.

The film tells the story of two women united by their loneliness and their desire to flee their situations and is in the running for the prestigious Caméra d’or prize, presented by the Un Certain Regard jury.