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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Samuel Johnson

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. By Samuel Johnson

The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by Samuel Johnson


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Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-84) is regarded as one of the outstanding figures of English literature, as a poet, essayist, moralist, critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Volume 1 of this collected edition of 1787 is devoted to a biography by his friend and literary executor, Sir John Hawkins.

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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Together with his Life, and Notes on his Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-84) is regarded as one of the outstanding figures of English literature, as a poet, essayist, moralist, critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. This collected edition of his works - commissioned by the publisher within hours of Johnson's death, such was his celebrity - was published in 1787 in eleven volumes, edited by his literary executor, the musicologist Sir John Hawkins. Volume 1 is entirely devoted to a biography of Johnson by Hawkins, his close friend. Although Boswell's 1791 Life is much better known, Hawkins had been acquainted with Johnson for far longer, and was present at his death. Although his narrative is less colourful than that of Boswell, he had a better understanding of some aspects of Johnson's character, especially regarding his religious beliefs, and Boswell did not hesitate to borrow from this work.

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NLS9781108031714
9781108031714
1108031714
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Together with his Life, and Notes on his Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson
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Cambridge University Press
2011-06-02
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