The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Volume 9

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Volume 9 : 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 9 includes The Adventurer, the sequel to The Rambler, partly written by Johnson, papers about the famous Dictionary and his edition of the works of Shakespeare, various critical pieces, and an account of the Harleian Library. It also includes prefaces to other works, including Dodsley's The Preceptor, and Rolt's Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. (According to Boswell, Johnson did not actually read the latter work before writing the preface to it.)show more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139056476
  • 9781139056472

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The Adventurer; Philological Tracts: The plan of an English dictionary; Preface to the English Dictionary; Proposals for printing the dramatick works of William Shakespeare, printed in the year 1756; Preface to Shakespeare, published in the year 1768; General observations on the plays of Shakespeare; An account of the Harleian Library; An essay on the origin and importance of small tracts and fugitive pieces; Some account of a book called The Life of Benvenuto Cellini; A view of the controversy between Mons. Crousaz and Mr. Warburton, on the subject of Mr. Pope's Essay on Man; Preliminary discourse to the London Chronicle, January 1, 1757; Introduction to The World Displayed; The preface to The Preceptor, containing a general plan of education; Preface to Rolt's Dictionary; Preface to the translation of Father Lobo's voyage to Abissinia; An essay on more