The Life of Johnson

The Life of Johnson

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This complete and unabridged edition is the only complete critical edition in paperback. 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 more

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  • Paperback | 1536 pages
  • 129.3 x 193 x 58.42mm | 54.43g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • New ed of 3 Revised ed
  • 0192835319
  • 9780192835314
  • 1,984,993

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"I don't need to tell you what a splendid service Oxford performs by having the complete Life available inexpensively and with Chapman's deft annotations and Rogers's smart and useful introduction."--Alexander Poffit, University of North Texas..".An elegant study of currents and of undercurrents in the travellers' separate accounts of their journey to the Western Islands. Reading this book, we realize better than before what Johnson and Boswell, separately and together, were so passionately in quest grateful for the imaginative light [the book] throws on the mythic-seeming journey and on those mythic-seeming voyagers whose travels still haunt some of our waking dreams."--The Albionshow more

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Still the non pareil of biographies, this is a splendid example of perfect biographer meeting the perfect subject. The distance between writer and subject is also just right, being intimate, admiring but never fawning. Johnson, with his belief that the biographer's duty lay in leading the thoughts into 'domestick privacies', can be hailed the father of modern biography. (Kirkus UK)show more

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