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This book is considered by many to be the finest literary biography ever published. Samuel Johnson was the leading literary scholar and critic of his age, helping to define the Augustan Age of English Literature. He is as celebrated for his brilliant conversation as he is for his writing. He began contributing to London magazine around 1737 on literary and political subjects. Johnson's place in history and literature was assured with the publication of his Dictionary of the English Language, the first comprehensive English lexicography. In 1763 Johnson met James Boswell and, by 1791, The Life of Samuel Johnson appeared. Boswell recorded Johnson's conversation so minutely that Johnson is better remembered today for his sayings than for his own literary work. His biography is generally regarded as one of the greatest in the language. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/9/2014

    " This was my first e-book, and I got it for free through Project Gutenburg. I've been reading it on my iPod iTouch for 15 to 30 minutes at a time - whenever standing in line, stuck in traffic, in bed before sleep - since Christmas. It wasn't really a comprehensive biography so much as a series of anecdotes, conversations the author had noted in his diary. Very repetitive, but here and there were some interesting details. Like the fact that Johnson most likely had Tourette's Syndrome. And that he was a Tory who despised Americans. And that "animadversion" means "criticism." And that in 1791 "awful" still meant "awe-inspiring." And that educated people still actually *spoke* Latin. Etc. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Rachel | 1/10/2014

    " So many times I have tried to read this and must conclude I am simply not heavyweight enough to enjoy this sort of thing. It is well written but the amount of footnotes is phenomenal. Should one read them or ignore them?? In addition the other people in the book - well known in their day - are all very obscure to me and I cannot drum up any interest in their doings. Oh dear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ken Ludwig | 12/18/2013

    " This, along with Pride and Prejudice, Tom Jones and a few prime Wodehouse novels, is my favorite book of all time and I'm always re-reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laurel Kane | 12/16/2013

    " Read for my Roots of Modern Disciplines course taught by Mary Poovey @ NYU. This book is ridiculous is so many ways... but mostly good ones. I laughed out loud plenty of times. It is also fascinating to realize that these things were said by Johnson (and others) almost 250 years ago - kind of made you feel like you stepped into a time machine. "

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