Shylock and Others

Paperback | February 9, 2012

bySir George Heynes Radford

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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.1894 Excerpt: ... JOHNSON'S IRENE. A Neglect of Samuel Johnson cannot be reckoned among the sins of this generation. He is more popular, in a sense, than ever he was. His sayings are very frequently quoted, anecdotes of him are constantly repeated, and there is the liveliest interest in all the incidents of his life. But it is also true that nearly all the quotations and anecdotes come from Boswell, and that those who read Johnson's works are a small and, perhaps, a diminishing company. If this process goes on, if the readers of the Life increase and the readers of the works dwindle, the time will come when we shall no more think of inquiring about Johnson's writings than if he had been not an author by profession but a Chancery barrister or an opera singer. We do not write about Johnson's tragedy with the object or desire of inducing any one to read it (though we find it sufficiently entertaining), but because the composition of Irene, and its representation and publication, form an important episode in that life in which we assume every one to be interested. Indeed, the earlier literary life of Johnson, extending over more than ten years, may be called the period of Irene. During this time he did literary work of various kinds, and was for the most part living on the wages of Edward Cave, a penurious paymaster, but whether he was writing biographies or making translations for the booksellers, or com! posing parliamentary reports for the Gentleman's Magazine, or verses which utter his own indignation, he was always the man who had written a tragedy, and looked forward to fame and fortune when he should get his tragedy produced. 1 Read before the Johnson Club at Greenwich, the 24th of June, 1893, and revised. The story of Johnson's Irene begins in his native Lichfield, where...

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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.1894 Excerpt: ... JOHNSON'S IRENE. A Neglect of Samuel Johnson cannot be reckoned among the sins of this generation. He is more popular, in a sens...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217553222

ISBN - 13:9780217553223

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