The Life of Samuel Johnson Including a Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. with Additions and Notes, by J.W. Croker Volume 1

The Life of Samuel Johnson Including a Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. with Additions and Notes, by J.W. Croker Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...There is a great confusion and, as it seems, several errors in Mr. Baswell's and Mr. Malonc's account of Johnson's share in the Adventurer, but it may be confidently asserted, on the evidence of Dr. Warton, and on Johnson's own confession to Miss Boothby (LctUn, p. 41!1, that he wrote all those marked with the signature T. of which No. 39 on Sleep is one. The only difficulty is, that on the 8th March he tells Dr. Warton that he had " no part in the paper," and that one of the letters of Mysargyrus, marked T., was published on the Sii: but Johnson, whether he gave some of these essays to Dr. Bathurst or not, probably did not consider himself as having, by the writing onf letter, a part, --that is, a proprietary or raponitble part, --in the paper; and even if the letters principally in question had not had the mark '/'.v the pedantic signature My-targyrui would have been enough to lead us to suspect that they were Johnson's. Almost all the names, whether of men or women, affixed to the letters in the Rambler and Idler are of the same class--Ed. 1 Mr. Boswell's reprehension of this casuistry seems just and candid. A man may undoubtedly sell the works of his mind as well as of his hands, but in neither case xn faltehood (which might become fraud be justified. Dollond would have had a perfect right to present a friend with one of his instruments to be sold to that friend's advantage, but he would not have been justifiable in allowing another maker to use his name. If a publisher had, on the strength of these papers in the Adventurer, offered Dr. Baihurst a large price for a literary work, could Johnson have possibly acquiesced in such a mistake? But after all, h seems doubtful that Johnson did give up all his share of the profit! of the Adventurer to...show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236665244
  • 9781236665249