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Life of Johnson, Volume 3 1776-1780
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Kindle Edition, 539 pages
Published May 17th 2012
(first published 1851)
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There's nothing I can add to this work, and nothing I wish to take away. Over three volumes, Boswell has used Johnson's own words to fashion an image of the man that is - in some way - alive. Now, at the end, it seems as if someone I know has died. I didn't realize this kind of biography was possible.
In Boswell’s Life of Johnson, Volume III, we follow the last four years of Johnson’s life, 1776-1780, and the man we have come to know remains the same. He reports periods of indolence, no doubt depression, that make his work on The Lives of the Poets fitful going, but he is still a paragon of industry. At least when Boswell is with him, he dines with interesting men—mostly—night after night. London is his beloved feast. If he thinks he may be bored at the table, he brings along a book that he ...more
There is fascination for me in the copious detail of eighteenth century English (and Scottish) history - the great figures of the time and many bit players and odd bods coming vividly to life. A more moving, immediate and personal biography than I had expected.
Also funnier, because of the bon mots and exchanges in that golden age of wit - Johnson, John Wilkes, Joshua Reynolds and others - and I relish the eighteenth century prose too.
James Boswell, 10th Laird of Auchinleck and 1st Baronet was a lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the eldest son of a judge, Alexander Boswell, 8th Laird of Auchinleck and his wife Euphemia Erskine, Lady Auchinleck. Boswell's mother was a strict Calvinist, and he felt that his father was cold to him. Boswell, who is best known as Samuel Johnson’s biographer, inherited ...more