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Selected Essays (Penguin Classics) (edition 2003)

by Samuel Johnson, David Womersley (Editor)

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Title:Selected Essays (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Samuel Johnson
Other authors:David Womersley (Editor)
Info:Penguin Classics (2003), Edition: Revised, Paperback, 576 pages
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Most of the essays I've read so far are still thought-provoking and some are quite funny. They give a better idea of why Johnson deserves his reputation than Boswell's book does. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Jan 3, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140436278, Paperback)

With his wit, eloquence, and shrewd perception of contemporary morals, Samuel Johnson was the most versatile writer of the English neoclassical period. His dictionary, dramas, and poetry established his reputation, but it was the essays that demonstrated the range of his talent. This new edition presents both the forcefully argued moral pieces of Johnson's middle years and the more light-hearted essays of his later work. Tackling ethical questions—such as the importance of self-knowledge, awareness of mortality, the role of the novel, and, in a lighter vein, marriage, sleep, and deceit—these brilliant and thought-provoking essays are a mirror of the time in which they were written and a testament to Johnson's stature as the leading man of letters of his age.

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"With his wit, eloquence and shrewd perception of contemporary morals, Samuel Johnson was the most versatile of Augustan writers. His dictionary, dramas and poetry established his reputation, but it was the essays published in The Rambler, The Adventurer and The Idler that demonstrated the range of his talent. Tackling ethical questions such as the importance of self-knowledge, awareness of mortality, the role of the novel, and, in a lighter vein, marriage, sleep and deceit, these brilliant and thought-provoking essays are a mirror of the time in which they were written and a testament to Johnson's stature as the leading man of letters of his age." "This new edition contains a broad selection of essays presenting both the forcefully argued moral pieces of Johnson's middle years and the more light-hearted essays of his later work. The introduction places the works in their historical and literary context, and there is also a chronology of Johnson's life and times."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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