Samuel Johnson

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Harvard University Press, 2000 M03 15 - 384 pages
Tracing Samuel Johnson's rocky climb from anonymity to fame, in the course of which he came to stand for both the greatness of English literature and the good sense of the common reader, Lipking shows how this life transformed the very nature of authorship.
 

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Contents

The Birth of the Author The Letter to Chesterfield
11
First Flowers Johnsons Beginnings
34
Becoming an Author London Life of Savage
48
Preferments Gate The Vanity of Human Wishes
86
Man of Letters A Dictionary of the English Language
103
The Living World The Rambler
145
Reclaiming Imagination Rasselas
173
The Theater of Mind The Plays of William Shakespeare
198
Journeying Westward Political Writings A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland
234
Touching the Shore The Lives of the English Poets
259
The Life to Come Johnsons Endings
295
Abbreviation
307
Notes
309
Index
363
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Lawrence Lipking is the Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University.

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