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Oxford English Texts

Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets

Volume IV

Lonsdale, Roger

Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets

Oxford English Texts

Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets

Volume IV

Oxford English Texts: Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets

 

Samuel Johnson's last literary work, the Lives of the Poets, offers a detailed survey of English poetry from the early seventeenth century down to Johnson's own time. Always recognized as a major contribution to English biography and criticism, it is also one of Johnson's most readable and eloquent achievements.


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Johnson himself wrote in 1782: 'I know not that I have written any thing more generally commended than the Lives of the Poets'. Always recognized as a major biographical and critical achievement, Samuel Johnson's last literary project is also one of his most readable and entertaining, written with characteristic eloquence and conviction, and at times with combative trenchancy.

Johnson's fifty-two biographies constitute a detailed survey of English poetry from the early seventeenth century down to his own time, with extended discussions of Cowley, Milton, Waller, Dryden, Addison, Prior, Swift, Pope, and Gray. The Lives also include Johnson's memorable biography of the enigmatic Richard Savage (1744), the friend of his own early years in London.

Roger Lonsdale's Introduction describes the origins, composition, and textual history of the Lives, and assesses Johnson's assumptions and aims as biographer and critic. The commentary provides a detailed literary and historical context, investigating Johnson's sources, relating the Lives to his own earlier writings and conversation, and to the critical opinions of his contemporaries, as well as illustrating their early reception. This is the first scholarly edition since
George Birkbeck Hill's three-volume Oxford edition (1905).

This is volume four of four.


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9780199284825
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666
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Oxford English Texts
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321
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1
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Hardback
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Engels
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OUP Oxford

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