National biography. The evolution of editors. John Byrom. Johnsoniana. Gibbon's autobiography…

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byLeslie Stephen, Sir Leslie Stephen

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... Johnsoniana pR. BIRKBECK HILL has completed his - labours upon Johnson's life by publishing this collection of Johnsonian Miscellanies. He thanks only too warmly the person who had the good fortune to suggest this scheme. The suggestion, it must be said, needed very little originality. WhenCroker published his edition of Boswell's life, he saw that it would be desirable to gather the anecdotes from other sources. With curious infelicity, he at first thrust them into Boswell's text; but in later issues they appeared in a separate volume. For that performance Croker, in spite of the criticisms of Macaulay andCarlyle, deserves the thanks of all true Boswellians. Dr. Birkbeck Hill has now given his own collection, which necessarily coincides in great part with Croker's. He has, moreover, added to it a full apparatus of notes, indexes, and references to the original sources. He is, like every conscientious workman, incompletely satisfied with his own performance; he utters a kind of groan when he reflects upon the im i Johnsonian Miscellanies, arranged and edited by George Birkbeck Hill, D.C.L., LL.D. Oxford, 1897, a vols. 8vo. 98 provements which he might make even now if the book had not been definitely printed off. Undoubtedly every piece of human composition has its faults; and a critic has excellent reasons for not contradicting a confession of shortcoming: it would be to admit that he may perhaps be blinder than the author. I will, therefore, not commit myself to the very unprofessional declaration that I have detected no shortcomings; but I will venture to say that the contributors to Johnson's biography would be bound to admit, if they could still take an interest in the subject, that their performances have been treasured up and...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... Johnsoniana pR. BIRKBECK HILL has completed his - labours upon Johnson's life by publishing this collection of...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:May 5, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217059163

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