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ISBN-10: 150984192X

ISBN-13: 9781509841929

Edition: N/A


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Dr Johnson was a dazzling conversationalist, a polymath and a moralist, whose intellectual and social curiosity were boundless. Yet he was also a deeply melancholy man, haunted by dark thoughts, sickness and a diseased imagination. In his own life, both public and private, he sought to choose a virtuous and prudent path, negotiating everyday hazards and temptations. His writings and aphorisms illuminate what it means to lead a life of integrity, and his experience, abundantly documented by him and by others (such as James Boswell and Hester Thrale), is a lesson in the art of regulating the mind and the body. Johnson's story touches on many themes that have enduring significance. He was, and…    
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