Samuel Johnson

Author: W. Jackson Bate
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 9781582435244
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A biographical study of the eighteenth-century lexicographer and critic combines narrative with psychological insights.

Samuel Johnson

Author: Lawrence Lipking
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674040281
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Tracing Samuel Johnson's rocky climb from anonymity to fame, in the course of which he came to stand for both the greatness of English literature and the good sense of the common reader, Lipking shows how this life transformed the very nature of authorship.

Samuel Johnson

Author: David Nokes
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 080508651X
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In this portrait of Samuel Johnson, David Nokes positions the great thinker in his rightful place as an active force in the Enlightenment, not a mere recorder or performer, and demonstrates how his interaction with life impacted his work. This biography addresses his life and action through the hitherto unexplored perspectives of such major players as Johnson's wife, Tetty; Hester Thrale, in whose household he resided for seventeen years while working on his annotated Shakespeare; and Frances Barber, theblack manservant who in many ways was like a son to Johnson. --from publisher description

Samuel Johnson

Author: Jeffrey Meyers
Publisher: Oldcastle Books Ltd
ISBN: 1904915507
Format: PDF, ePub
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Jeffrey Meyers tells the extraordinary story of Samuel Johnson one of the most illustrious figures of English literary tradition. Johnson was famous as a poet, novelist, biographer, essayist, critic, editor, lexicographer, conversationalist and larger than life personality. After nine years of work Johnson's,'A dictionary of the English Language, was published in 1755. He overcame great adversity to achieve success. 'The Struggle' is a masterful portrait of a brilliant and tormented figure.

Samuel Johnson

Author: Peter Martin
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0297856162
Format: PDF, Docs
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The first new biography for a generation of one of the great figures of English literature Poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer, critic, conversationalist and wit, Dr Johnson is one of the great figures of English literature, perhaps the most quoted English writer after Shakespeare. Our view of Johnson has been overwhelmingly shaped by James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, published in 1791, the most famous biography in the English language. But invaluable as Boswell is as a source, he should not be the last word. This new biography illuminates the Johnson that Boswell never knew: the awkward youth, the unsuccessful schoolmaster, the eccentric marriage, his early years in London in the 1740s scratching a living, the epic struggle to produce the Dictionary. Very much the outsider, rather than the supremely confident dispenser of robust common sense. Using material unknown to previous biographers, Peter Martin describes the psychological knife-edge on which Johnson felt he lived, caused by his severe melancholia and his physical diseases. He explores Johnson's role in the publishing and printing world of the time and he reveals how important women were to Johnson throughout his life. The Samuel Johnson that emerges from this enthralling biography is still the foremost figure of his age but a more rebellious, unpredictable and sympathetic figure than the one that Boswell so memorably portrayed.

The Samuel Johnson Encyclopedia

Author: Pat Rogers
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313294112
Format: PDF
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A comprehensive and fully-indexed guide to Samuel Johnson, covering all aspects of his work, life, and personality. It is the first single-volume reference tool which enables the reader to locate facts on Johnson's ideas on many topics and to trace his thought in all areas.

Samuel Johnson

Author: Peter Martin
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674031609
Format: PDF, ePub
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Benefiting from recent critical scholarship that has explored new attitudes toward Johnson, Martin's biography offers a human and sympathetic portrait of the literary and social icon.