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Life of Johnson

Life of Johnson

Paperback Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

By (author) James Boswell, Edited by R. W. Chapman

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 1536 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 61mm | 1,179g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199540217
  • ISBN 13: 9780199540211
  • Sales rank: 317,472

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Samuel Johnson was a poet, essayist, dramatist, and pioneering lexicographer, but his continuing reputation depends less on his literary output than on the fortunate accident of finding an ideal biographer in James Boswell. As Johnson's constant and admiring companion, Boswell was able to record not only the outward events of his life, but also the humour, wit, and sturdy common sense of his conversation. His brilliant portrait of a major literary figure of the eighteenth century, enriched by historical and social detail, remains a monument to the art of biography. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Boswell's life must be the greatest biography ever written; crammed with sage advice and anecdotes both comical and touching, it is best taken unabridged. The Week