The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson [NOOK Book]

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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson provides a unique introduction to the works and intellectual life of one of the most challenging and wide-ranging writers in English literary history. Compiler of the first great English dictionary, editor of Shakespeare, biographer and critic of the English poets, author both of the influential journal Rambler and the popular fiction Rasselas, and one of the most engaging conversationalists in literary culture, Johnson is here illuminatingly discussed from a different ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

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Overview

The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson provides a unique introduction to the works and intellectual life of one of the most challenging and wide-ranging writers in English literary history. Compiler of the first great English dictionary, editor of Shakespeare, biographer and critic of the English poets, author both of the influential journal Rambler and the popular fiction Rasselas, and one of the most engaging conversationalists in literary culture, Johnson is here illuminatingly discussed from a different point of view. Essays on his main works are complemented by thematic discussion of his views on the experience of women in the eighteenth century, politics, imperialism, religion, and travel as well as by chapters covering his life, conversation, letters, and critical reception. Useful reference features include a chronology and guide to further reading. The keynote to the volume is the seamlessness of Johnson's life and writing, and the extraordinary humane intelligence he brought to all his activities. Accessibly written by a distinguished group of international scholars, this volume supplies a stimulating range of approaches, making Johnson newly relevant for our time.
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'The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson is not only an outstanding critical introduction to 'The Great Cham of Literature', it provides relevant background to the world in which he lived. There are notes appended to chapters and portraits and other illustrations, notably by Hogarth.' Library Association Record

'The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson more than fulfils the goals which its sets for itself: it provides a comprehensive, interesting, and reliable introduction to Johnsonian studies.' The New Rambler

'The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson is not only an outstanding critical introduction to 'The Great Cham of Literature', it provides relevant background to the world in which he lived. There are notes appended to chapters and portraits and other illustrations, notably by Hogarth.' Library Association Record

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139815550
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Chronology
List of short titles and abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Extraordinarily ordinary: the life of Samuel Johnson 4
2 Johnson and the arts of conversation 18
3 Johnson's poetry 34
4 Johnson, the essay, and The Rambler 51
5 Johnson and the condition of women 67
6 Johnson's Dictionary 85
7 Johnson's politics 102
8 Johnson and imperialism 114
9 The skepticism of Johnson's Rasselas 127
10 Shakespeare: Johnson's poet of nature 143
11 Life and literature in Johnson's Lives of the Poets 161
12 Johnson's Christian thought 192
13 "From China to Peru": Johnson in the traveled world 209
14 "Letters about nothing": Johnson and epistolary writing 224
15 Johnson's critical reception 240
Further reading 254
Index 260
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