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Samuel Johnson

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Hardback with dust jacket. Minimal signs of wear: a few minor creases and small faint marks to cover. Light rubbing to corners, top and base of spine. Book and dust jacket are in very good condition.

Includes press release and typed draft of a review by Peter Lewis.

Poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer, critic, conversationalist and wit, Dr Johnson is one of the great figures of English literature, perhaps the most quoted English writer after Shakespeare. Our view of Johnson has been overwhelmingly shaped by James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, published in 1791, the most famous biography in the English language. But invaluable as Boswell is as a source, he should not be the last word. This new biography illuminates the Johnson that Boswell never knew: the awkward youth, the unsuccessful schoolmaster, the eccentric marriage, his early years in London in the 1740's scratching a living, the epic struggle to produce the Dictionary. Very much the outsider, rather than the supremely confident dispenser of robust common sense. Using material unknown to previous biographers, Peter Martin describes the psychological knife-edge on which Johnson felt he lived, caused by his severe melancholia and his physical diseases. He explores Johnson's role in the publishing and printing world of the time and he reveals how important women were to Johnson throughout his life. The Samuel Johnson that emerges from this enthralling biography is still the foremost figure of his age but a more rebellious, unpredictable and sympathetic figure than the one that Boswell so memorably portrayed.

London, UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008

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Author(s):
Martin, Peter
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
First Edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0297607197
ISBN-13:
9780297607199
Number of pages:
522
Publisher:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Title:
Samuel Johnson: A Biography

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Hardback with dust jacket. Minimal signs of wear: a few minor creases and small faint marks to cover. Light rubbing to corners, top and base of spine. Book and dust jacket are in very good condition.

Includes press release and typed draft of a review by Peter Lewis.

Poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer, critic, conversationalist and wit, Dr Johnson is one of the great figures of English literature, perhaps the most quoted English writer after Shakespeare. Our view of Johnson has been overwhelmingly shaped by James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, published in 1791, the most famous biography in the English language. But invaluable as Boswell is as a source, he should not be the last word. This new biography illuminates the Johnson that Boswell never knew: the awkward youth, the unsuccessful schoolmaster, the eccentric marriage, his early years in London in the 1740's scratching a living, the epic struggle to produce the Dictionary. Very much the outsider, rather than the supremely confident dispenser of robust common sense. Using material unknown to previous biographers, Peter Martin describes the psychological knife-edge on which Johnson felt he lived, caused by his severe melancholia and his physical diseases. He explores Johnson's role in the publishing and printing world of the time and he reveals how important women were to Johnson throughout his life. The Samuel Johnson that emerges from this enthralling biography is still the foremost figure of his age but a more rebellious, unpredictable and sympathetic figure than the one that Boswell so memorably portrayed.

London, UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008

Author(s):
Martin, Peter
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
First Edition
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0297607197
ISBN-13:
9780297607199
Number of pages:
522
Publisher:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Title:
Samuel Johnson: A Biography

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