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Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets: Volume I (Oxford English Texts)

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Johnson himself wrote in 1782: "I know not that I have written any thing more generally commended than the Lives of the Poets." Always recognized as a major biographical and critical achievement, Samuel Johnson's last literary project is also one of his most readable and entertaining, written with characteristic eloquence and conviction, and at times with combative trenchancy.

Johnson's fifty-two biographies constitute a detailed survey of English poetry from the early seventeenth century down to his own time, with extended discussions of Cowley, Milton, Waller, Dryden, Addison, Prior, Swift, Pope, and Gray. The Lives also include Johnson's memorable biography of the enigmatic Richard Savage (1744), the friend of his own early years in London.

Roger Lonsdale's Introduction describes the origins, composition, and textual history of the Lives, and assesses Johnson's assumptions and aims as biographer and critic. The commentary provides a detailed literary and historical context, investigating Johnson's sources, relating the Lives to his own earlier writings and conversation, and to the critical opinions of his contemporaries, as well as illustrating their early reception. This is the first scholarly edition since George Birkbeck Hill's three-volume Oxford edition (1905).

This is volume one of four.

About the Author

Emeritus Fellow of Balliol and former Professor of English at the University of Oxford, Roger Lonsdale is the editor of The New Oxford Book of Eighteenth-Century Verse (1987).

Table of Contents

SHORT TITLES

INTRODUCTION

Cowley

Denham

Milton

COMMENTARY

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199284795
Author:
Johnson, Samuel
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Lonsdale, Roger
Author:
null, Roger
Author:
Lonsdale, Roger
Author:
null, Samuel
Subject:
General
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
18th century
Subject:
Poets, English
Subject:
Literature/English | British Literature | 18th C
Subject:
Poets, English -- 18th century.
Subject:
Poets, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Oxford English Texts
Series Volume:
Volume I
Publication Date:
20060331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
frontispiece
Pages:
458
Dimensions:
6.2 x 9.3 x 1.7 in 1.969 lb

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