Selected Essays

Selected Essays

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By (author) Samuel Johnson, Edited by David Womersley

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 41mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140436278
  • ISBN 13: 9780140436273
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: chronology, notes
  • Sales rank: 251,224

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This volume contains a generous selection from the essays Johnson published twice weekly as 'The Rambler' in the early 1750s. It was here that he first created the literary character and forged the distinctive prose style that established him as a public figure. Also included here is the best of Johnson's later journalism, including essays from the periodicals 'The Adventurer' and 'The Idler'.

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Samuel Johnson (1709-84) was an English poet, novelist, critic, lexicographer, biographer, and editor. But it was his essays that made him a dominant figure in 18th century English literary life. David Womersley is a lecturer in English at Jesus College, Oxford. He edited the authoritative three-volume edition of Gibbon's 'Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire', as well as the one-volume abridged edition, for Penguin Classics.

Table of contents

Selected EssaysChronology Introduction Further Reading A Note on the Texts The Rambler (1750-52) 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 36, 37, 39, 41, 45, 47, 49, 60, 63, 64, 70, 71, 72, 73, 76, 77, 79, 85, 87, 90, 93, 101, 106, 108, 113, 114, 115, 121, 129, 134, 135, 137, 142, 145, 146, 148, 151, 156, 158, 159, 161, 165, 167, 168, 170, 171, 176, 181, 183, 184, 188, 191, 196, 207, 208.The Adventurer (1753-54) 39, 45, 50, 67, 69, 84, 85, 95, 99, 102, 107, 111, 119, 126, 137, 138.The Idler (1758-60) 1, 5, 10, 17, [22], 22, 23, 27, 30, 31, 32, 36, 38, 40, 41, 44, 48, 49, 50, 51, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 65, 66, 72, 81, 84, 88, 94, 100, 103.Miscellaneous Essays "A Compleat Vindication of the Licensers of the Stage" (1739) "An Essay on Epitaphs" (1740) "Introduction" to the Harleian Miscellany (1744) "Observations on the present State of Affairs" (1756) "Of the Duty of a Journalist" (1758) "The Bravery of the English Common Soldiers" (1760) Appendix I: Johnson's prayer on beginning The Rambler Appendix II: Parallel texts of the original and revised states of The Rambler No. 1 Appendix III: Bonnell Thornton's parody of The Rambler Notes