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Life of Johnson (Oxford World's Classics)

Life of Johnson (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: James Boswell
ISBN 13: 9780199540211
ISBN 10: 199540217
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 1536
List Price: $29.95

This complete and unabridged edition is the only complete critical edition in paperback. Samuel Johnson was a poet, essayist, dramatist, and pioneering lexicographer, but his continuing reputation depends less on his literary output than on the fortunate accident of finding an ideal biographer in James Boswell. As Johnson's constant and admiring companion, Boswell was able to record not only the outward events of his life, but also the humour, wit, and sturdy common sense of his conversation. His brilliant portrait of a major literary figure of the eighteenth century, enriched by historical and social detail, remains a monument to the art of biography.