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Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson

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James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson is the most celebrated of all biographies, acknowledged as one of the greatest and most entertaining books in the English language. Yet Boswell himself has generally been considered little more than an idiot and condemned by posterity as a lecher and drunk. How could such a fool have written such a book? With great wit, Adam Sisman here tells the story of Boswell's presumptuous task-the making of the greatest biography of all time. Sisman traces the friendship between Boswell and Samuel Johnson, his great mentor, and provides a fascinating account of Boswell's seven-year struggle to write The Life of Samuel Johnson.

Synopsis:

With great wit, Sisman here tells the story of Boswell's presumptuous task--the making of the greatest biography of all time. Sisman traces the friendship between Boswell and Samuel Johnson, his mentor, and provides a fascinating account of Boswell's seven-year struggle to write "The Life of Samuel Johnson."

About the Author

Adam Sisman is the author of A. J. P. Taylor: A Biography. He lives with his wife, the novelist Robyn Sisman, and their two children.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

Author's Note

Introduction

Part One: Life Lived

1. Immaturity

2. Forwardness

3. Subordination

Part Two: Life Written

4. Independence

5. Collaboration

6. Anger

7. Discretion

8. Application

9. Rivalry

10. Bereavement

11. Humiliation

12. Struggle

Part Three: Life Published 

13. Despair

14. Posterity

List of Abbreviation Used in the Notes

Notes

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Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142001752
Subtitle:
The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson
Author:
Sisman, Adam
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Authors, English
Subject:
Biography as a literary form
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. S. IV. 1
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.36 x 0.84 in 0.7 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , With great wit, Sisman here tells the story of Boswell's presumptuous task--the making of the greatest biography of all time. Sisman traces the friendship between Boswell and Samuel Johnson, his mentor, and provides a fascinating account of Boswell's seven-year struggle to write "The Life of Samuel Johnson."

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