The Life of Samuel Johnson

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The Life of Samuel Johnson

By James Boswell; Claude Rawson (Designed by)

Everyman's Library, Hardcover, 9780679417170, 1344pp.

Publication Date: January 11, 1993


The most celebrated English biography is a group portrait in which extraordinary man paints the picture of a dozen more. At the centre of a brilliant circle which included Burke, Reynolds, Garrick, Fanny Burney and even George III, Boswell captures the powerful, troubled and witty figure of Samuel Johnson, who towers above them all. Yet this is also an intimate picture of domestic life, which mingles the greatest talkers of a talkative age with the hero's humbler friends in a picture which is, before all things, humane.
As a young man about London, James Boswell was obsessed by literature, and, on a fateful day in 1763, he attached himself with unswerving tenacity to the dominant literary figure of his age the splendidly rotund, articulate, and humane Dr Samuel Johnson. What followed was the most famous of friendships between writers and the bais for the remarkable documentation contained in Boswell's "Life of Samuel Johnson," the greatest and most compelling of all biographies.
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About the Author
Scottish lawyer and essayist, known for his two-volume biography A Life of Samuel Johnson.

Claude Rawson is Maynard Mack Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University. He is a General Editor for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift, and author of God, Gulliver and Genocide: Barbarism and the European Imagination, 1492 1945 (2001) and Swift's Angers (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is most recently the editor of Essential Writings of Jonathan Swift: A Norton Critical Edition (co-edited with Ian Higgins, 2010); Great Shakespeareans, Volume 1: Dryden, Pope, Johnson, Malone (2010); Literature and Politics in the Age of Swift: English and Irish Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and The Cambridge Companion to English Poets (Cambridge University Press, 2011).