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Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

ISBN-10: 0521556252
ISBN-13: 9780521556255
Edition: 1997
Authors: Greg Clingham
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/16/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

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.

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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