The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

The Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson

by Greg Clingham
     
 

This Companion provides a unique introduction and guide to the works and life of one of the key figures in English literary history. The source of endless familiar aphorisms, the compiler of the first great dictionary in English, the greatest of essayists, and one of the most distinctive characters and conversationalists in our literary culture, Johnson is here… See more details below

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This Companion provides a unique introduction and guide to the works and life of one of the key figures in English literary history. The source of endless familiar aphorisms, the compiler of the first great dictionary in English, the greatest of essayists, and one of the most distinctive characters and conversationalists in our literary culture, Johnson is here surveyed in his entirety. Chapters on the major works, his life, conversation, letters and critical reception feature alongside fresh thematic essays, a chronology and guide to further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521556255
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2013
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Chronology
List of short titles and abbreviations
Introduction1
1Extraordinarily ordinary: the life of Samuel Johnson4
2Johnson and the arts of conversation18
3Johnson's poetry34
4Johnson, the essay, and The Rambler51
5Johnson and the condition of women67
6Johnson's Dictionary85
7Johnson's politics102
8Johnson and imperialism114
9The skepticism of Johnson's Rasselas127
10Shakespeare: Johnson's poet of nature143
11Life and literature in Johnson's Lives of the Poets161
12Johnson's Christian thought192
13"From China to Peru": Johnson in the traveled world209
14"Letters about nothing": Johnson and epistolary writing224
15Johnson's critical reception240
Further reading254
Index260

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