The Club: Johnson, Boswell, And The Friends Who Shaped An Age

byLeo DamroschRead bySimon Vance

March 26, 2019|
The Club: Johnson, Boswell, And The Friends Who Shaped An Age by Leo Damrosch
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Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of "the Club," a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern

In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk''s Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell. It was known simply as "the Club."

In this captivating book, Leo Damrosch brings alive a brilliant, competitive, and eccentric cast of characters. With the friendship of the "odd couple" Samuel Johnson and James Boswell at the heart of his narrative, Damrosch conjures up the precarious, exciting, and often brutal world of late eighteenth-century Britain. This is the story of an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age-and our own.

Prologue1 Johnson before Boswell: The Years of Struggle2 Johnson before Boswell: Fame at Last3 Boswell before Johnson: Setting Out for the Wide World4 Boswell before Johnson: The Search for Self5 The Fateful Meeting6 Boswell Abroad7 The Club Is Born8 Sir Joshua Reynolds9 Edmund Burke10 David Garrick11 The Spirit of Mirth12 A New Life a...
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Title:The Club: Johnson, Boswell, And The Friends Who Shaped An Age
Format:Audio Book (CD)
Product dimensions:5.7 X 5.2 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:5.7 X 5.2 X 1 in
Published:March 26, 2019
Publisher:Blackstone Publishing
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781982664329

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