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    DescriptionIn Boswell's "Life of Samuel Johnson", one of the towering figures of English literature is revealed with unparalleled immediacy and originality. While Johnson's Dictionary remains a monument of scholarship, and his essays and criticism command continuing respect, we owe our knowledge of the man himself to this biography. Through a series of wonderfully detailed anecdotes, Johnson emerges as a sociable figure with a huge appetite for life, crossing swords with other great eighteenth-century luminaries, from Garrick and Goldsmith to Burney and Burke - even his long-suffering friend and disciple James Boswell.Yet Johnson had a vulnerable, even tragic, side and anxieties and obsessions haunted his private hours. Boswell's sensitivity and insight into every facet of his subject's character ultimately make this biography as moving as it is entertaining. Based on the 1799 edition, Christopher Hibbert's abridgement preserves the integrity of the original, while his fascinating introduction sets Boswell's view of Samuel Johnson against that of others of the time.

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    The Life of Samuel Johnson
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Boswell, Introduction and notes by Christopher Hibbert
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 112 mm
    Height: 178 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    ISBN 13: 9780140431162
    ISBN 10: 0140431160

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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BG, DSBD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
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    LC classification: PR3533
    DC22: 828/.6/09
    LC classification: PR3533 .B6 1979
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    Edition statement
    Abridged edition
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, index
    Penguin Books Ltd
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    30 August 1979
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    Notoriously and self-confessedly intemperate, Boswell shared with Johnson a huge appetite for life and threw equal energy into recording its every aspect in minute but telling detail. This irrepressible Scotsman was 'always studying human nature and making experiments', and the marvelously vivacious Journals he wrote daily furnished him with first-rate material when he came to write his biography.