Samuel Johnson Essays

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(Johnson wasn't a doctor at that time, of course: Savage died in 1745, and Johnson got his honorary degree ten years later.So there are liberties taken, beginning with the title.) According to Queeney, by Beryl Bainbridge, used copies as low as

(Full edition reprints from the 1970s often go for 0 used, and as for real 1755 first editions, oh, figure a good ,000.) Henry Darcy Curwen's Samuel Johnson Sampler, .95.When I read Boswell, who lionizes Johnson, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world for Johnson to produce all the great writing that he did.When I then read Bate, the triumph of Johnson's writing seemed all the greater.It's a very readable, fascinating book, not at all arcane, and well worth your attention. Bate has the advantage of being more removed, and is able to see Johnson as more of a human being as a result.In addition to dealing with Johnson's successes, Bate gives greater treatment to Johnson's failures and personal difficulties than Boswell does.Hester Piozzi was one of the three early contenders for the first full discussion of Johnson's life.What she eventually delivered was not a biography, but her recollection of their times together.For many people, the Dictionary is Johnson's stellar accomplishment, and since it reigned until it was eclipsed by the Oxford English Dictionary, I am always inclined to grant that perspective its due.Johnson certainly did a helluva job, and Hitchings has done a similarly helluva job in describing all that went into it. Not nearly as popular a place to begin reading about Johnson as Boswell's biography, but in my view it's more balanced and far better.Curwen collected extracts from Johnson's essays into a dozen or so broad themes, and goes beyond the one line witticisms, so you have a chance to see more of Johnson's trains of thought.Extracts are frequently an entire paragraph, so you get fuller reasoning than one gets from a sentence, and more of the richness of Johnson's expression.

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He also augments it with considerable details provided by others.

It is long, however, and you might find Boswell's tone tedious (I found him obsequious).

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It's a dictionary, and encyclopedia, and a quotations dictionary all rolled into one.

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(Full edition reprints from the 1970s often go for $200 used, and as for real 1755 first editions, oh, figure a good $15,000.) Henry Darcy Curwen's Samuel Johnson Sampler, $16.95.

When I read Boswell, who lionizes Johnson, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world for Johnson to produce all the great writing that he did.

When I then read Bate, the triumph of Johnson's writing seemed all the greater.

It's a very readable, fascinating book, not at all arcane, and well worth your attention. Bate has the advantage of being more removed, and is able to see Johnson as more of a human being as a result.

In addition to dealing with Johnson's successes, Bate gives greater treatment to Johnson's failures and personal difficulties than Boswell does.

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(Full edition reprints from the 1970s often go for $200 used, and as for real 1755 first editions, oh, figure a good $15,000.) Henry Darcy Curwen's Samuel Johnson Sampler, $16.95.When I read Boswell, who lionizes Johnson, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world for Johnson to produce all the great writing that he did.When I then read Bate, the triumph of Johnson's writing seemed all the greater.It's a very readable, fascinating book, not at all arcane, and well worth your attention. Bate has the advantage of being more removed, and is able to see Johnson as more of a human being as a result.In addition to dealing with Johnson's successes, Bate gives greater treatment to Johnson's failures and personal difficulties than Boswell does.Hester Piozzi was one of the three early contenders for the first full discussion of Johnson's life.What she eventually delivered was not a biography, but her recollection of their times together.For many people, the Dictionary is Johnson's stellar accomplishment, and since it reigned until it was eclipsed by the Oxford English Dictionary, I am always inclined to grant that perspective its due.Johnson certainly did a helluva job, and Hitchings has done a similarly helluva job in describing all that went into it. Not nearly as popular a place to begin reading about Johnson as Boswell's biography, but in my view it's more balanced and far better.Curwen collected extracts from Johnson's essays into a dozen or so broad themes, and goes beyond the one line witticisms, so you have a chance to see more of Johnson's trains of thought.Extracts are frequently an entire paragraph, so you get fuller reasoning than one gets from a sentence, and more of the richness of Johnson's expression.

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