The Life of Samuel Johnson

The Life of Samuel Johnson

Book - 1925
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Publisher: Boston : Charles E. Lauriat Co., 1925.
Edition: Newly edited
Branch Call Number: B JOHNSON
Characteristics: 3 v.in 1 (xxxvi, 1172 p., 13 leaves of plates) : ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ingpen, Roger 1868 or 9-1936.

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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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