Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson
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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.
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/16/1997
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|List of illustrations|
|Notes on contributors|
|List of short titles and abbreviations|
|Introduction Greg Clingham|
|Extraordinarily ordinary: the life of Samuel|
|Johnson and the arts of conversation|
|Johnson, the essay and The Rambler|
|Johnson and the condition of women|
|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|