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The Life of Samuel Johnson

ISBN 10: 0140431160 / 0-14-043116-0
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Publisher: Viking Pr
Publication Date: 1979
Binding: Softcover
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Notoriously and self-confessedly intemperate, Boswell shared with Johnson a huge appetite for life and threw equal energy into recording its every aspect in minute but telling detail. This irrepressible Scotsman was 'always studying human nature and making experiments', and the marvelously vivacious Journals he wrote daily furnished him with first-rate material when he came to write his biography.


 

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Book Description: Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 1979. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Abridged edition. 196 x 134 mm. Brand New Book. In Boswell s Life of Samuel Johnson , one of the towering figures of English literature is revealed with unparalleled immediacy and originality. While Johnson s Dictionary remains a monument of scholarship, and his essays and criticism command continuing respect, we owe our knowledge of the man himself to this biography. Through a series of wonderfully detailed anecdotes, Johnson emerges as a sociable figure with a huge appetite for life, crossing swords with other great eighteenth-century luminaries, from Garrick and Goldsmith to Burney and Burke - even his long-suffering friend and disciple James Boswell.Yet Johnson had a vulnerable, even tragic, side and anxieties and obsessions haunted his private hours. Boswell s sensitivity and insight into every facet of his subject s character ultimately make this biography as moving as it is entertaining. Based on the 1799 edition, Christopher Hibbert s abridgement preserves the integrity of the original, while his fascinating introduction sets Boswell s view of Samuel Johnson against that of others of the time. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780140431162

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Book Description: Penguin Classics August 1979, 1979. Paper Back. Book Condition: New. 'Considered revolutionary in its day, Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson is to the biography what Tom Jones or perhaps even Tristram Shandy are to the novel. Instead of writing a deferential and ponderous account of Johnson's public life, Boswell renders a vivid picture of the complete man, incorporating conversations and personal letters into what is often considered the greatest biography yet written. Though its considerable heft (over 1200 pages) may seem daunting to the modern reader, The Life compels by the force of first-hand accounts and copious observation. The most cogent portions involve Johnson in the last quarter of his life, as Boswell did not make Johnson's acquaintance until the latter was in his mid-fifties. This fact is the book's most oft-cited criticism, since Johnson is remembered more as a sagacious socialite than the poverty-stricken writer that he was for most of his life. The Life of Samuel Johnson may have immortalized Johnson, but it equally promotes Boswell. Adopting a narrative style that leans toward the self-conscious, Boswell makes himself something of a hero, viewing Johnson in a novelistic frame and achieving (in the words of Claude Rawson) 'a sharp penetration of character, a fine sense of climax and anticlimax, and a graphic economy of portraiture.' Of this, Johnson would heartily approve, for he once famously said, 'biography is, of the various kinds of narrative writing, that which is most eagerly read, and most easily applied to the purposes of life.'. Bookseller Inventory # 20070607107173

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Book Description: Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 1979. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Abridged edition. 196 x 134 mm. Brand New Book. In Boswell s Life of Samuel Johnson , one of the towering figures of English literature is revealed with unparalleled immediacy and originality. While Johnson s Dictionary remains a monument of scholarship, and his essays and criticism command continuing respect, we owe our knowledge of the man himself to this biography. Through a series of wonderfully detailed anecdotes, Johnson emerges as a sociable figure with a huge appetite for life, crossing swords with other great eighteenth-century luminaries, from Garrick and Goldsmith to Burney and Burke - even his long-suffering friend and disciple James Boswell.Yet Johnson had a vulnerable, even tragic, side and anxieties and obsessions haunted his private hours. Boswell s sensitivity and insight into every facet of his subject s character ultimately make this biography as moving as it is entertaining. Based on the 1799 edition, Christopher Hibbert s abridgement preserves the integrity of the original, while his fascinating introduction sets Boswell s view of Samuel Johnson against that of others of the time. Bookseller Inventory # AAC9780140431162

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Book Description: Paperback. Book Condition: New. 1st. 132mm x 21mm x 194mm. Paperback. While Samuel Johnson's dictionary remains a monument of scholarship and his essays and criticism command continuing respect, we owe our knowledge of the man himself to James Boswell's biog.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 384 pages. 0.281. Bookseller Inventory # 9780140431162

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