The Life of Samuel Johnson

The Life of Samuel Johnson

Book - 1952
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Publisher: New York, Modern Library [1952]
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 828.6 JOHNSON 1952
Characteristics: xv, [1], 559 pages 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Evans, Bergen 1904-1978

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(1791) "Poet, lexicographer, critic and moralist, Dr. Johnson had in his friend Boswell the ideal biographer. 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... Read More »


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dennismmiller
Aug 09, 2017

Dr Samuel Johnson was a man of remarkable accomplishments, having distinguished himself as a poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist, linguist, etymologist, critic, and journalist, the melancholy ornament of the literary, political, and social worlds of eighteenth century London. Yet he would, perhaps, be little remembered today were it not for his biography, a labor of love painstakingly assembled by his admirer, disciple, and friend James Boswell

Who to the sage devoted from his youth,
Imbib'd from him the sacred love of truth;
The keen research, the exercise of mind,
And that best art, the art to know mankind.

Boswell's Life of Johnson follows the subject's dictum that a man's character is best revealed in his mundane, everyday life rather than his public works. The result is not only a book that is a Life, but a book that lives, and perhaps "the most perfect example of biography that was ever exhibited."

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