Samuel Johnson

Neil Curry


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Greenwich Exchange Ltd
1 May 2022
ISBN: 9781910996492
138 pages

From the publisher

Boswell’s Life of Johnson succeeded in creating that rumbustious Toby-jug image of the man which was to become a lasting myth in the public’s imagination. In his own lifetime, his reputation was founded on his achievement as a writer and a scholar. In this refreshing re-assessment Neil Curry charts his professional career, beginning with him establishing the ground rules for lexicography; setting the pattern for editing Shakespeare texts and ending by laying down the foundations of literary criticism. Alongside these outstanding intellectual accomplishments, we are urged to recognise his creative ability and the links which connect his poems, especially ‘The Vanity of Human Wishes’, with his Rambler essays and his novella Rasselas.