The Supplicating Voice
The Spiritual Writings of Samuel Johnson
By Samuel Johnson
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375725678, 352pp.)
Publication Date: April 12, 2005
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Most readers know Dr. Johnson (1709--1784) as the formidable compiler of his famous Dictionary and as the witty conversationalist portrayed in Boswell's Life." "By contrast, this book-which draws on little-known unsigned sermons he wrote for hire for clergy friends, his private prayers and devotions, essays, poems, diaries, letters, and even key definitions from the Dictionary-offers a rare opportunity to discover Johnson's rich insight and consoling spirituality gathered in one place. Boswell observed that "He was a sincere and zealous ChristianE. He was steady and inflexible in maintaining the obligations of religion and morality; both from a regard for the order of society, and from a veneration for the Great Source of all order." This Vintage Spiritual Classics Original opens a window on the moral universe of the leading English writer of the eighteenth century.