First Steps in English Literature by Arthur GilmanFirst Steps in English Literature by Arthur Gilman

First Steps in English Literature

byArthur Gilman

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. MATURE ENGLISH. Influence of the People, 1700-1870. II. THE AGE OF JOHNSON, 1745-1800. HE second division of the period of the people's influence extends from 1745 to the end of the century. During these years the figure that had the greatest prominence was that of Samuel Johnson, the author of that great national work, the Dictionary of the English Language. Lord Macaulay calls Johnson "the last survivor of a genuine race of Grub Street hacks," and in closing an article on the subject in the Edinburgh Review, the same eminent writer presents us the following picture of the room of the Literary Club of which Dr. Johnson was a member:--"The club-room is before us, and the table on which stand the omelet for Nugent, and the lemons for Johnson. There are the spectacles of Burke, and the tall thin form of Langton; the courtly sneer of Beauclerk, and the beaming smile of Garrick; Gibbon tapping his snuff-box, and Sir Joshua with his trumpet in his ear. In the foreground is that strange figure which is as familiar to us as the figures of those among whom we have been brought up,--the gigantic body, the huge massy face, seamed with the scars of disease; the brown coat, the black worsted stockings, the gray wig with a scorched foretop; the dirty hands, the nails bitten and pared to the quick. We see the eyes and mouth moving with convulsive twitches; we see the heavy form rolling; we hear it puffing; and then comes the 'Why sir!' and the 'What then, sir?; the No sir!' and the 'You don't see your way through the question, sir!' "What a singular destiny has been that of this remarkable man! To be regarded in his own age as a classic, and in ours as a companion; to have received from his contemporaries that full homage which men of genius have in gener...
Title:First Steps in English LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:56 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217721176

ISBN - 13:9780217721172