Samuel Johnson

Selected Essays

By Samuel Johnson; David Womersley (Editor)
Penguin Books, Paperback, Abridged, 9780140436273, 576pp.

Publication Date: April 2003

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Description
This volume contains a generous selection from the essays Johnson published twice weekly as "The Rambler" in the early 1750s. It was here that he first created the literary character and forged the distinctive prose style that established him as a public figure. Also included here is the best of Johnson's later journalism, including essays from the periodicals "The Adventurer" and "The Idler."
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About the Author
Jack Lynch, a Johnson scholar and professor of English at Rutgers University, is the editor of "Samuel Johnson's Dictionary" and the author of "The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson,"David Womersley is Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Historical Society.
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