Boswell's Life of Johnson; Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey Into North Wales Volume 1-6

Boswell's Life of Johnson; Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a Journey Into North Wales Volume 1-6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...energy of thought and richness of language, are still more decisive marks than any signature. As a proof of this, my readers, I imagine, will not doubt that Number 39, on sleep, is his; for it not only has the general texture and colour of his style, but the authours with whom he was peculiarly con-I versant are readily introduced in it in cursory allusion. The translation of a passage in Statius3 quoted in that paper, and marked C.' B. has been erroneously ascribed to Dr. Bathurst, whose Christian name was Richard. How much this amiable man actually contributed to The Adz/enturer, cannot be known. Let me add, that Hawkesworth's imitations of Johnson are sometimes so happy, that it is extremely difficult to distinguish them, with certainty, from the compositions of his great archetype. Hawkesworth was his closest imitator, a circumstance of which that writer would once have been proud to be told; though, when he had become elated by having risen into some degree of consequence, he, in a conversation with me, had the provoking effrontery to say he was not sensible of it'. Johnson was truly zealous for the success of T /2: Adventurer; and very soon after his engaging in it, he wrote the following letter: 'I ought to have written to you before now, but I ought to do many things which I do not; nor can I, indeed, claim any merit from this letter; for being desired by the authours and proprietor of T/ze Adverlturer to look out for another hand, my thoughts necessarily fixed upon you, whose fund of literature will enable you to assist them, with very little interruption of your studies. 'They desire you to engage to furnish one paper a month, at two guineas a paper, which you may very readily perform. We have considered...show more

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  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236843894
  • 9781236843890