Johnson's Life of London

Author: Boris Johnson

Publisher: Riverhead Trade (Paperbacks)

ISBN: 9781594631467

Category: History

Page: 386

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Celebrates modern London as one of the world's most interesting and influential cities, exploring the lives of the famous individuals whose beliefs, cultures, and innovations have shaped its evolution.

Johnson's Life of London

Author: Boris Johnson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781471227936

Category: Large type books

Page: 485

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London, a city which has over the centuries, survived attack, fire and devastation, is a place where people feel enabled to create and empowered to invent. It is, and always has been, home to a great variety of remarkable men and women. This book is a celebration of the people who have given the city its vibrant and exuberant character: from Boudicca to Chaucer, Shakespeare to Florence Nightingale, Winston Churchill to Keith Richards. Johnson's Life of London is the real story of London, told through tales of Londoners and non-Londoners who have helped to shape the greatest city in the world.

Dr Johnson's London

Author: Liza Picard

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1780226497

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 6837


'A Baedeker of the past, absorbing and revealing in equal measure' Peter Ackroyd 'Brings the age's tortuous splendours and profound murkiness vividly to life' Observer When Dr Johnson published his great Dictionary in 1755, London was the biggest city in Europe. The opulence of the rich and the comfort of the 'middling' sort contrasted sharply with the back-breaking labour and pitiful wages of the poor. Executions were rated one of the best amusements, but there was bullock-hunting and cock-fighting too. Crime, from pickpockets to highwaymen, was rife, prisons were poisonous and law-enforcement rudimentary. Dr Johnson's London is the result of the author's passionate interest in the practical details of the everyday life of our ancestors: the streets, houses and gardens; cooking, housework, laundry and shopping; clothes and cosmetics; medicine, sex, hobbies, education and etiquette. The book spans the years 1740 to 1770, starting when the gin craze was gaining ground and ending when the east coast of America was still British. While brilliantly recording the strangeness and individuality of the past, Dr Johnson's London continually reminds us of parallels with the present day.

Daily Life in Johnson's London

Author: Richard B. Schwartz

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299094942

Category: History

Page: 196

View: 6499


A guide to eighteenth-century urban life in Great Britain covers work, money, pastimes, home life, travel, health, and the law

The Life of Samuel Johnson

Author: James Boswell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140436626

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 1245

View: 8370


The most complete edition ever published of the iconic Biography WIDELY REGARDED as the finest literary biography ever published, James Boswell s Life of Samuel Johnson reveals a man of outsized appetites and private vulnerabilities, and is the source of much of what we know about one of the towering figures of English literature. This new edition collates and corrects the textual inaccuracies of previous versions, returning to the original manuscript in order to present a definitive edition of this landmark text.

The World in Thirty-Eight Chapters or Dr Johnson’s Guide to Life

Author: Henry Hitchings

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1509841938

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 353

View: 4624


'Hitchings is extremely good at unravelling Johnson’s most bullish assertions . . . lucid and empathetic, scholarly but lively. A model Johnsonian, in fact.' The Times The World in Thirty-Eight Chapters or Dr Johnson’s Guide to Life is a source of profound good sense about what it means to teach, read, write and travel. More than that, though, Henry Hitchings continually translates Samuel Johnson's experience of poverty, scorn, pain and madness into a rich understanding of how to be. Samuel Johnson was a critic, an essayist, a poet and a biographer. He was also, famously, the compiler of the first good English dictionary, published in 1755. A polymath and a great conversationalist, his intellectual and social curiosity were boundless. Yet he was a deeply melancholy man, haunted by dark thoughts, sickness and a diseased imagination. In his own life, both public and private, he sought to choose a virtuous and prudent path, negotiating everyday hazards and temptations. His writings and aphorisms illuminate what it means to lead a life of integrity, and his experience, abundantly documented by him and by others (such as James Boswell and Hester Thrale), is a lesson in the art of regulating the mind and the body. Johnson’s story touches on many themes that have enduring significance. He was, and remains, a perceptive commentator on the vanity of human wishes, the rewards and dangers of charity, the need to cultivate kindness, the complexities of family life (especially marriage), the effects of boredom and the fleeting nature of pleasure. He writes and speaks incisively and humanely about the ego, ambition, hypocrisy, fallibility and disorders of the mind, as well as the corrosive effects of obsession, the precariousness of fame and the skulduggery of the literary world.

Johnson's Milton

Author: Christine Rees

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113948592X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Samuel Johnson is often represented as primarily antagonistic or antipathetic to Milton. Yet his imaginative and intellectual engagement with Milton's life and writing extended across the entire span of his own varied writing career. As essayist, poet, lexicographer, critic and biographer - above all as reader - Johnson developed a controversial, fascinating and productive literary relationship with his powerful predecessor. To understand how Johnson creatively appropriates Milton's texts, how he critically challenges yet also confirms Milton's status, and how he constructs him as a biographical subject, is to deepen the modern reader's understanding of both writers in the context of historical continuity and change. Christine Rees's insightful study will be of interest not only to Milton and Johnson specialists, but to all scholars of early modern literary history and biography.

The Life of Samuel Johnson

Author: James Boswell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140431162

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 375

View: 8208


The classic view of eighteenth-century life and thought in England through the conversations of the famous writer