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Author

Boswell, James

Title

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (in 4 volumes)

Sub-Title

Publisher

 

T. Cadell and W. Davies

Year

1807

City

London

Edition

Scanned

Searchable

Cleaned

Deluxe

5th Edition Revised and Augmented

800.0000

800.0000

1600.0000

3200.0000

Description

This edition, in volume 1, contains a "Round Robin Addressed to Samuel Johnson, LL.D. with Facsimiles of the Signatures."

Volume 2 contains "Facsimiles of Dr. Johnson's hand writing when at school in his 16th year, in his 35th year, and in the last year of his life & a few days before he died."

Johnson did not suffer fools gladly. He was arguing with one who stated, after Johnson had presented his argument, "I don't understand you, sir." Johnson replied "Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding." Volume 4, p. 338.

Johnson commends Bayle's Dictionary. He writes "Bayle's Dictionary is a very useful work for those to consult who love the biographical part of literature, which is what I love most." Volume 1, p. 405.

It was Johnson who refuted Berkeley's idealism (the non-existence of matter) by kicking a huge stone and saying "I refute it thus." Volume 1, p. 449.

The full title of this work is as follows:

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Comprehending an Account of his Studies, and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; A Series of His Epistolary Correspondence and Conversations With Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published: The Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great Britain, For Near Half a Century During Which he Flourished.

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