The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Volume 3

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Volume 3 : Together with his Life, and Notes on his Lives of the Poets

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Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-84) is regarded as one of the outstanding figures of English literature, as a poet, essayist, moralist, critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. This collected edition of his works - commissioned by the publisher within hours of Johnson's death, such was his celebrity - was published in 1787 in eleven volumes, edited by his literary executor, the musicologist Sir John Hawkins. Volume 3 contains the second part of his Lives of the Poets, his last major work. This was a commission to provide short accounts of over fifty poets of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and it set a new standard for English literary biography. Although not all of the subjects have been regarded as eminent by posterity, and Johnson was criticised for brusque treatment of well-connected courtier poets now largely forgotten, the work was a great more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139056417
  • 9781139056410

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The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, continued: King; Sprat; Halifax; Parnell; Garth; Rowe; Addison; Hughes; Sheffield; Buckinghamshire; Prior; Congreve; Blackmore; Fenton; Gay; Granville; Yalden; Tickell; Hammond; Somervile; Savage; Swift; more