ERIC Number: ED343615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
"Well Acquainted with Books." The Founding Framers of 1787. With James Madison's List of Books for Congress.
Rutland, Robert A.
Published to commemorate the Constitution's bicentennial year and remind Americans that books and the life of the mind are vital national traditions, this volume contains both an essay, "Well Acquainted with Books: The Founding Framers of 1787," by Robert A. Rutland, and James Madison's List of Books for Congress, 1783. The essay recounts how books and the ideas conveyed by books were crucial to the founding fathers of this nation. It also identifies those writers, ranging from the ancient Greek and Roman writers on history to contemporary British and French writers, whose influences on the various delegates to the Constitutional Convention were evidenced. Congressman James Madison's list of 307 books that he thought were needed by the first national legislature is then presented. An introduction to this list describes the occasion of its creation and a few of the sources Madison drew upon in preparing it. A list of abbreviations and short titles used by the editors of the Madison papers in the bibliographical notes follows. Included in the entries are the date of original publication and the date of the latest edition or, in certain cases, of an earlier, superior, edition. It is noted that references to the many editions that are incomplete or inferior have been omitted. Abbreviated titles are used and the names of translators, unless specified by James Madison or known to have importantly enhanced the value of a work by their editing or augmentation of it, are not mentioned. The entries are numbered sequentially and footnotes are placed immediately after the volumes to which they refer rather than grouping all of the annotations at the close of the list. Additional readings suggested by Robert Rutland conclude the volume. (MAB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Center for the Book.