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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson : Cambridge Companions to Literature - Greg Clingham

The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

Cambridge Companions to Literature

By: Greg Clingham (Editor)

Paperback Published: 15th December 1997
ISBN: 9780521556255
Number Of Pages: 288

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This Companion provides a unique introduction and guide to the works and life of one of the key figures in English literary history. The source of endless familiar aphorisms, the compiler of the first great dictionary in English, the greatest of essayists, and one of the most distinctive characters and conversationalists in our literary culture, Johnson is here surveyed in his entirety. Chapters on the major works, his life, conversation, letters and critical reception appear alongside fresh thematic essays, a chronology and a guide to further reading.

'The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson is not only an outstanding critical introduction to 'The Great Cham of Literature', it provides relevant background to the world in which he lived. There are notes appended to chapters and portraits and other illustrations, notably by Hogarth.' Library Association Record 'The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson more than fulfils the goals which its sets for itself: it provides a comprehensive, interesting, and reliable introduction to Johnsonian studies.' The New Rambler 'The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson is not only an outstanding critical introduction to 'The Great Cham of Literature', it provides relevant background to the world in which he lived. There are notes appended to chapters and portraits and other illustrations, notably by Hogarth.' Library Association Record

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Chronology
List of short titles and abbreviations
Introduction Greg Clingham
Extraordinarily ordinary: the life of Samuel
Johnson and the arts of conversation
Johnson's poetry
Johnson, the essay and The Rambler
Johnson and the condition of women
Johnson's dictionary
Johnson's politics
Johnson and imperialism
The skepticism of Johnson's Rasselas
Shakespeare: Johnson's poet of nature
Life and literature in Johnson's Lives of the Poets
Johnson's Christian thought
'From China to Peru': Johnson in the traveled world
'Letters about Nothing': Johnson and epistolary writing
Johnson's critical reception
Further reading
Index
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ISBN: 9780521556255
ISBN-10: 0521556252
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15th December 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.68 x 15.11  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.47