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The Life of Samuel Johnson : Penguin Classics - James Boswell

The Life of Samuel Johnson

Penguin Classics


Published: 17th December 2008
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'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.

Further Reading
A Note on the Text
The Life of Samuel Johnsonp. 1
Selected Variants in the First Three Editionsp. 1007
Selected MS Variantsp. 1014
Notesp. 1019
Index of Subjectsp. 1073
Index of Placesp. 1095
Index of Literary Works and Charactersp. 1101
Biographical Index: Johnsonp. 1110
Biographical Index: Boswellp. 1127
Biographical Index: Othersp. 1134
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ISBN: 9780140436624
ISBN-10: 0140436626
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1312
Published: 17th December 2008
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5  x 5.6
Weight (kg): 1.01
Edition Number: 1