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by R. W. Chapman,J. D. Fleeman,Pat Rogers,James Boswell

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  • ISBN 0199540217
  • ISBN13 978-0199540211
  • Language English
  • Author R. W. Chapman,J. D. Fleeman,Pat Rogers,James Boswell
  • Publisher Oxford University Press; 1 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Pages 1536
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This complete and unabridged edition is the only complete critical edition in paperback. Samuel Johnson was a poet, essayist, dramatist, and pioneering lexicographer, but his continuing reputation depends less on his literary output than on the fortunate accident of finding an ideal biographer in James Boswell. 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.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

The book is a reading essential for anyone who enjoys the story of a wonderful man and his rise to the top.

The book is a reading essential for anyone who enjoys the story of a wonderful man and his rise to the top. James Boswell is the greatest of all biographers in the English tongue. This book is an essential classic even in our twenty first century world. Essential and enjoyable! Highly recommended!

Series: Oxford World's Classics. Paperback: 1536 pages.

As Johnson's constant and admiring companion, Boswell was able to record not only the outward events of his life, but . Oxford World's Classics.

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. Samuel Johnson was a poet, essayist, dramatist, and pioneering lexicographer, but his continuing reputation depends less on his literary output than on the fortunate accident of finding an ideal biographer in James Boswell.

This item:Life of Johnson (Oxford World's Classics) by James Boswell Paperback £1. 9. Well, it’s a classic so you have to cut Boswell some slack. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). But Johnson’s personality leaps off the page, part perceptive observer of human nature and part infuriating reactionary.

James Boswell, R. W. Chapman. 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.

Life of Johnson (Oxford World's Classics). Boswell's life of Johnson: together with Boswell's 'Journal of a tour to theHebrides'. and Johnson's diary of a 'Journey into North Wales'. October 12, 1998, Oxford University Press, USA. in English. 1970, Oxford University Press. 1964, Clarendon Press. in English - 2nd ed. revised and enlarged, by . 047. The life of Samuel Johnson, L. 1963, Heritage Press.

The Life of Samuel Johnson, L. 1791) by James Boswell is a biography of English writer Dr. Samuel Johnson. The work was from the beginning a critical and popular success, and represents a landmark in the development of the modern genre of biography. It is notable for its extensive reports of Johnson's conversation. Many have claimed it as the greatest biography written in English, but some modern critics object that the work cannot be considered a proper biography.

Campbell, Ian, ‘Boswell’s Life of Johnson’, Transactions of the Johnson Society (1996), 1-10

Campbell, Ian, ‘Boswell’s Life of Johnson’, Transactions of the Johnson Society (1996), 1-10. Chesterton, G. ‘Boswell’s Johnson ’, Good Words, 44 (November 1903), 774-7. Clifford, James . e. Twentieth Century Interpretations of Boswell’s Life of Johnson: A Collection of Critical Essays (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1970).

Authors: James Boswell R W Chapman J D Fleeman Pat Rogers . 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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Golkis
Why should you spend the time and money to read this huge biography which is over twelve hundred densely written pages?
1. James Boswell (1740-96) a wealthy Scottish lawyer wrote this immense work which is filled with countless anecdotes about Dr Johnson (1709-84) and his friends making the age in which they lived come alive in the minds of readers. If you want a portrait of eighteenth century Great Britain and the literary scene at that time you can turn to no better tome.
2. The book tells a rags to riches Horatio Alger story of a great literary genius. Johnson was near sighted, heavyset and resembled a bear in his demeanor. He could be rough, coarse, sarcastic and was a master of conversational repartee and bon mots. He was also a devoted Christian believer who could be very kind and loving to family and his wide circle of friends. Johnson was the author of such monumental works as his "Dictionary of the English Language"; "The Vanity of Human Wishes"; "Rasselas" and countless essays culled from the pages of "The Rambler" newspaper and other publications of the day.
3. The book is filled with stories about Johnson's distinguished friends from the world of politics, business, farming and art. He was a close friend of Dr. Oliver Goldsmith the author of "The Vicar of Wakefield" and other works, Joshua Reynolds the famous painter and David Garrick the famous Shakespearean actor.
4. The book has wonderful advice on how to live a Christian life of morality and honor. Johnson was a good though far from perfect man. He did not drink but loved lavish meals and luxury. Johnson was faithful to his wife but adored the company of lovely women. He was a strong monarchist who had a famous meeting with King George III. Johnson was opposed to the American Revolution. Unlike his friend Boswell he was a strong enemy towards the slave trade.. He professed a dislike of Scotland but had many Scottish friends including James Boswell his biographer. Johnson had a strong fear of death. Dr. Johnson was plagued by ill health throughout his long and productive life of literary endeavor. Johnson wished he had become a lawyer but was one of England's greatest authors of all time,
5. The biography gives us a travelogue account of many of the places visited by Dr. Johnson . Johnson and his friends the Thrales visited the France of Louis XVI and he and Boswell traveled to the Hebrides islands..
Caveats? This is not an easy book to read! There are long footnotes on many pages; Latin and Greek quotations in the original tongues and some pages are downright dull! The work contains many letters from Johnson, Boswell and others which provide fascinating reading. Some readers will have trouble with the formal language of the work filled with classical quotes from ancient authors and referring to current plays and political controversies. This reviewer found this material to be worthy of being read.
6, The book is a treasure trove of pungent and succinct quotations being used with profit by writers and orators. The book has good through countless editions since first published in the 1790s.
The book is a reading essential for anyone who enjoys the story of a wonderful man and his rise to the top. James Boswell is the greatest of all biographers in the English tongue. This book is an essential classic even in our twenty first century world. Essential and enjoyable! Highly recommended!
Whilingudw
What a great read! This is one of those classics of Western Literature which gets one through dark times. Samuel Johnson was a literary raconteur and noted wit. He came from very inauspicious beginnings and sought to really frame human life in all of its follies and foibles. I was impressed that Boswell saw fit to record the minutiae of his life (worries about money, worries about drinking too much, all the places he lived in London). Boswell really brought Samuel Johnson's larger than life character and private concerns out into the open and (perhaps) immortalized his version for posterity.
Kashicage
James Boswell was the ultimate fan-boy. On page 702 (the text of the Penguin Classic is a little over a thousand pages, plus indexes and notes), Boswell tells a group of men, “I cannot help worshipping him, he is so much superiour to other men.” From the time Johnson’s English dictionary appeared, Boswell was hooked, and went out of his way to arrange a meeting, succeeding in 1763. From then on he became a near-constant companion and confidant for the next 21 years. Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson heaps praise upon its subject to an almost embarrassing degree while simultaneously attempting to preserve unfiltered every morsel of barbed opinion, witty retort, and pithy remark ever uttered by Johnson.

The result is that Johnson comes across as a pompous but often hilarious windbag who seemingly could prattle for hours on virtually any subject, even taking contradictory stands just to keep conversations lively. Boswell admits on page 504 that Johnson saw “conversation as a contest.” Indeed, Johnson treated conversation as jazzmen do cutting contests, and he played to win even if it meant verbally zinging friends as well as foes.

Johnson was a staunch Tory devoted to king and country who hated Americans even before the Revolution. On page 693 Boswell notes in 1778 that Johnson “attacked the Americans with intemperate vehemence of abuse.” (No one would ever charge Johnson with being a liberal, though he was against slavery; curiously, fawning acolyte Boswell disagreed and saw slavery as sanctioned in the Bible.) Johnson was also devoted to the Church of England (on page 230 we find Voltaire referring to Johnson as “a superstitious dog”). But set him at a tavern table with a group of other loquacious gents, and the verbiage flew like shrapnel. (Johnson on page 505: “...there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness has been produced as by a good tavern or inn.”) One of their literary group, Colly Cibber, wrote in a play, “There is no arguing with Johnson; for when his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.”

Johnson’s often antique opinions can be startling, whether on the subject of women, marriage, politics (p. 716, on whether public officials should be appointed by seniority or voted for: “...there is no more reason to suppose that the choice of a rabble will be right, than that chance will be right”), the existence of witches and ghosts, or his belief that teachers should be free to beat their pupils. P. 344: “...a schoolmaster has a prescriptive right to beat; and that an action of assault and battery cannot be admitted against him, unless there is some great excess, some barbarity...In our schools in England, many boys have been maimed, yet I never heard of an action against a schoolmaster on that account.” Johnson’s defense of this is that it was done to him as a boy and he turned out all right.

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations has about nine pages of quotes attributed to Samuel Johnson. Such collections are fine as shortcuts, but if you want the context of those remarks, as well as many, many others (along with a fascinating look at 18th century London life), Boswell’s biography is without peer as an entertaining history.
Asyasya
Boswell writes in the grand style of the 18th Century and his subject is fascinating. Because of this book I became a great fan of Samuel Johnson. Johnson is famous for his conversation because of Boswell's book, his dictionary and his own writing. This book makes him human. There are those who carp at Boswell's failings and the problems with the book, but we are still talking about it 250 years later.
Kazijora
The more I read this book the more I enjoyed it. It was great having it on Kindle so that I could find out definitions of words not used much in our modern language. I had read Boswell's journal that covered when he met Johnson so I knew how much he meant to him.