Life of Johnson

Life of Johnson

ISBN: 0192810715

ISBN 13: 9780192810717

Publication Date: 1970

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Format: Paperback

Authors: James Boswell, Robert William Chapman, John David Fleeman

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Samuel Johnson was a poet, essayist, dramatist, and pioneering lexicographer, but his continuing reputation depends less on his modest literary output than on the forunate 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 humor, 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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