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Life of Johnson

Life of Johnson - 80 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192835314

Cover of Life of Johnson 80 (ISBN 978-0192835314)
ISBN13: 978-0192835314
ISBN10: 0192835319

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 80
Copyright: 1980
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1980
International: No

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Life of Johnson - 80 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192835314

James Boswell

ISBN13: 978-0192835314
ISBN10: 0192835319

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 80
Copyright: 1980
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1980
International: No
Summary

Samuel Johnson was a poet, essayist, dramatist, and pioneering lexicographer, but his continuing reputation depends less of his modest literary output than on the fortunate accident of finding an ideal biographer in James Boswell. Surely no other biographer can have had more devotion to his subject, more opportunity to study him, or more talent in bringing him vividly to life than Boswell in his Life of Johnson. As Johnson's constant and admiring companion, Boswell was able to record not only the outward events of his life, but also the humour, wit, and sturdy common sense of his conversation. His brilliant portrait of a major literary figure of the eighteenth century, enriched by historical and social detail, remains a monument to the art of biography.

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