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The Life Of Samuel Johnson (Anglais) Relié – 17 décembre 1992

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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. This is a new, corrected, rest and reprinted edition. At 14. 99 for the complete edition of the Life in 1344 pages, it compares with Penguin's abridged edition of just 300 pages of text at 6. 99 and OUP's World Classics unabridged edition printed on newsprint at 10. 99.

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James Boswell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1740. He attended the University of Glasgow and is now considered one of the greatest biographers in the history of Western literature. He died in 1795. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 James Boswell's classic and unique biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson paints a colorful portrait of the man and his times 27 février 2014
Par C. M Mills - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Why should you spend the time and money to read this huge biography which is over twelve hundred densely written pages?
1. James Boswell (1740-96) a wealthy Scottish lawyer wrote this immense work which is filled with countless anecdotes about Dr Johnson (1709-84) and his friends making the age in which they lived come alive in the minds of readers. If you want a portrait of eighteenth century Great Britain and the literary scene at that time you can turn to no better tome.
2. The book tells a rags to riches Horatio Alger story of a great literary genius. Johnson was near sighted, heavyset and resembled a bear in his demeanor. He could be rough, coarse, sarcastic and was a master of conversational repartee and bon mots. He was also a devoted Christian believer who could be very kind and loving to family and his wide circle of friends. Johnson was the author of such monumental works as his "Dictionary of the English Language"; "The Vanity of Human Wishes"; "Rasselas" and countless essays culled from the pages of "The Rambler" newspaper and other publications of the day.
3. The book is filled with stories about Johnson's distinguished friends from the world of politics, business, farming and art. He was a close friend of Dr. Oliver Goldsmith the author of "The Vicar of Wakefield" and other works, Joshua Reynolds the famous painter and David Garrick the famous Shakespearean actor.
4. The book has wonderful advice on how to live a Christian life of morality and honor. Johnson was a good though far from perfect man. He did not drink but loved lavish meals and luxury. Johnson was faithful to his wife but adored the company of lovely women. He was a strong monarchist who had a famous meeting with King George III. Johnson was opposed to the American Revolution. Unlike his friend Boswell he was a strong enemy towards the slave trade.. He professed a dislike of Scotland but had many Scottish friends including James Boswell his biographer. Johnson had a strong fear of death. Dr. Johnson was plagued by ill health throughout his long and productive life of literary endeavor. Johnson wished he had become a lawyer but was one of England's greatest authors of all time,
5. The biography gives us a travelogue account of many of the places visited by Dr. Johnson . Johnson and his friends the Thrales visited the France of Louis XVI and he and Boswell traveled to the Hebrides islands..
Caveats? This is not an easy book to read! There are long footnotes on many pages; Latin and Greek quotations in the original tongues and some pages are downright dull! The work contains many letters from Johnson, Boswell and others which provide fascinating reading. Some readers will have trouble with the formal language of the work filled with classical quotes from ancient authors and referring to current plays and political controversies. This reviewer found this material to be worthy of being read.
6, The book is a treasure trove of pungent and succinct quotations being used with profit by writers and orators. The book has good through countless editions since first published in the 1790s.
The book is a reading essential for anyone who enjoys the story of a wonderful man and his rise to the top. James Boswell is the greatest of all biographers in the English tongue. This book is an essential classic even in our twenty first century world. Essential and enjoyable! Highly recommended!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Readable Classic 4 février 2016
Par Robert C. Berring - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Boswell writes in the grand style of the 18th Century and his subject is fascinating. Because of this book I became a great fan of Samuel Johnson. Johnson is famous for his conversation because of Boswell's book, his dictionary and his own writing. This book makes him human. There are those who carp at Boswell's failings and the problems with the book, but we are still talking about it 250 years later.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 and you'll understand a great man. 18 octobre 2015
Par D. J. Singer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is the seminal work for Boswell, "his life of Samuel Johnson. It was the very first true biography written by someone who lived with the subject, and knew him over a period of years....I admit it will take some work to get into this book, due to the archaic language, but read it slowly, and you'll understand a great man.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing use of the English language. 23 novembre 2016
Par Theodore - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Never have I read such beautiful sentences. We have lost this colorful use of words.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 One Star 22 mars 2017
Par M. G. Oneill - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is Charles Grosvenor Osgood's abridged and edited version. It should be labeled as such.
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