'Johnson, to be sure, has a roughness in his manner; but no man alive has a more tender heart'
In Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, one of the towering figures of English literature is revealed with unparalleled immediacy and originality, in a biography to which we owe our entire knowledge of the man himself. Through a series of wonderfully detailed anecdotes, Johnson emerges as a sociable figure, vigorously engaging and fencing with great contemporaries such as Garrick, Goldsmith, Burney and Burke, and of course with Boswell himself. Yet anxieties and obsessions also darkened Johnson's private hours, and Boswell's attentiveness to every facet of Johnson's character makes this biography as moving as it is entertaining.
In this new and unabridged edition, David Womersley's introduction examines the motives behind Boswell's work, and the differences between the two men that drew them to each other. It also contains chronologies of Boswell and Johnson, appendices and comprehensive indexes, including autobiographical details.
About The Author
James Boswell (1740-1795) was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh. He is best known as the biographer of Samuel Johnson. Boswell is known for taking voracious notes on the grand tour of Europe that he took as a young nobleman and, subsequently, of his tour to Scotland with Johnson. He also recorded meetings and conversations with eminent individuals belonging to 'The Club', including David Garrick, Edmund Burke, Joshua Reynolds and Oliver Goldsmith.
|A Note on the Text|
|The Life of Samuel Johnson||p. 1|
|Selected Variants in the First Three Editions||p. 1007|
|Selected MS Variants||p. 1014|
|Index of Subjects||p. 1073|
|Index of Places||p. 1095|
|Index of Literary Works and Characters||p. 1101|
|Biographical Index: Johnson||p. 1110|
|Biographical Index: Boswell||p. 1127|
|Biographical Index: Others||p. 1134|
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Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 1312
Published: 17th December 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 5.8
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 1