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Anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson
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Kindle Edition, 97 pages
Published March 24th 2011
(first published 1786)
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This book is essential reading for anyone interested in Samuel Johnson. Hester Thrale (later Piozzi) was Johnson's friend, confidant, and something of a caregiver for much of the last twenty years of his life. Piozzi was certainly not the writer that Johnson was, though, and this is a rambling, somewhat disorganized narrative. Many of the stories require a knowledge of then-current events (and Latin!) that I don't have. But there is much to enjoy here; Piozzi is the source for some of our most ...more
Sep 20, 2008 Avis Black rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A book that ought to be read alongside Boswell, but rarely seems to be. Hester Thrale was a family friend of Dr. Johnson, and her account makes it plain she was a lot less enamored of the Great Man than Boswell was. Johnson may have had an impressive mind, but he was often unbearable to deal with as a person, according to Thrale.