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    The Life of Samuel Johnson (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) (Paperback) By (author) James Boswell, Introduction by Angus Calder, Series edited by Tom Griffith

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    DescriptionThe 22-year old James Boswell first met Johnson, who was then aged 54, in 1763. Nine years later he wrote in his journal of his 'constant plan to write the life of Mr Johnson'. Boswell was tireless in his search for authenticated proof, and his training as a lawyer helped him sift the evidence of friends and to operate forensically on Johnson himself. Boswell drew him out as no one else could, and although three-quarters of the book concerns the last twenty years of Johnson's life, his skill in constructing the early years is remarkable. The text of this complete and unabridged edition is that of the 1791 first edition, and it remains, by common consent, the greatest biography in the English language. Johnson's centrality in 18th century letters is established not only by Boswell's record of his life and conversations, but also by the success of the work in placing him in a literary and cultural context. James Boswell (1740-95) was educated at Edinburgh and Glasgow universities as a lawyer. He moved to London in 1760, and was by turns a libertine and a Puritan. Introduced by his friends Sheridan and Garrick, Boswell met Johnson in 1763, and discovered a life's calling.


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    Title
    The Life of Samuel Johnson
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Boswell, Introduction by Angus Calder, Series edited by Tom Griffith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 1024
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 52 mm
    Weight: 625 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781840220681
    ISBN 10: 1840220686
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC subject category V2: DSBD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    DC22: 828.609
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    BIC subject category V2: BGL, 2AB
    Publisher
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Imprint name
    Wordsworth Editions Ltd
    Publication date
    05 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
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