Sterne. Fielding. Goldsmith. Boswell and Dr. Johnson. Gray

Sterne. Fielding. Goldsmith. Boswell and Dr. Johnson. Gray

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...the assertion of Sir William Forbes, that his warmth of feeling was very great. Johnson applied to Garrick the Greek saying--" He that has friends has no friend"; adding, " He was so diffused he had no man to whom he wished to unbosom himself."3 Boswell, in his passion for society, and his rage for knowing everybody, was more diffused than even Garrick, but on this head, as on so many others, he blended qualities which seldom coalesce, and had both friends and a friend. It is true he in one place intimates that his attachments were not durable, and, with the combined candour and vanity which were so eminently characteristic of him, he compared himself "to a taper which can light up a lasting fire, though itself is soon extinguished." But his inconstancy was of the kind which is inevitable with men whose social leanings are strong. 1 Boswell's Letters, p. 251. ' Borwelliana, p. 299. 5 Boswell's_/0lnson, p. 629. '' Boswell's Leflers, p. 180. He was hurried away by first impressions, and must ofte have found that faults which were hidden from superficiz observation became apparent on a closer acquaintanci His select alliances were not less lasting because he hat brief likings where colder minds would have remaine apathetic. If his friendship survived the test of know ledge, it does not appear that he ever tired. His worshi of Johnson rather increased than diminished, and he con tinued to cling to Paoli when the Corsican patriot ha. ceased to be a notoriety. During the extreme depression which hung over hin throughout his closing years, his spirits were still morsunk by seeing Sir Joshua Reynolds, who was wont to b esteemed the happiest man in the world, nearly as lov as...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236939166
  • 9781236939166