Life of Samuel Johnson

by James Boswell
Wordsworth Editions Ltd

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Pub Date: 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 997 pp.
Size: 5.00 x 8.00 inches

ISBN: 9781840220681
TB Code: 1704095
Availability: 239 in stock

The text of this complete and unabridged edition is that of the 1791 first edition, and it remains, by common consent, the greatest biography in the English language. Johnson's centrality in 18th century letters is established not only by Boswell's record of his life and conversations, but also by the success of the work in placing him in a literary and cultural context.

James Boswell (1740-95) was educated at Edinburgh and Glasgow universities as a lawyer. He moved to London in 1760, and was by turns a libertine and a Puritan. Introduced by his friends Sheridan and Garrick, Boswell met Johnson in 1763, and discovered a life's calling.