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Alvin Kernan

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ISBN 10: 0691066922 / ISBN 13: 9780691066929
Published by Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1989
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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6 x 9 in. Paper wraps. Signed with an inscription by Kernan on ffep. Condition is NEAR FINE ; slight edge wear, covers very clean but rubbed. Binding tight and text spotless. Lit. Stax. Bookseller Inventory # 27339

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Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition thus.

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The Description for this book, Samuel Johnson and the Impact of Print: (Originally published as Printing Technology, Letters, and Samuel Johnson), will be forthcoming.


"Writing as he does with energy and grace, Kernan is a thoughtful guide to the world Johnson lived in and helped to make. . . . What is best about Kernan's book is that it is up to date but not voguish; he has assimilated new scholarship but not been overpowered by it."--W. B. Carnochan, The Times Literary Supplement

"Kernan's work is deeply informed and thoughtful, not reductionist but relationist. He does not pretend that print was the direct cause of all the changes he discusses, but shows rather how many or most of the changes relate in one way or another to print, are intertwined with it. . . . Kernan's book is rich and rewarding. . . . There was a dark side to Johnson's awarenesses that frequently shows, and Kernan . . . has rightly brought it to our attention."--Walter J. Ong, Review

"Kernan picks up the image of Johnson where recent biographers left off. Samuel Johnson, he sums up, was 'skeptical, deeply troubled in mind, mad at times, neurotic nearly always, radically doubtful of himself and of the social values he at the same time so stoutly defended.' To that 'existential Johnson,' Kernan adds an image of Johnson as a model of success in the emergent print culture. This makes for fascinating reading."--Thomas D'Evelyn, The Christian Science Monitor

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