The Major Works

Paperback | January 11, 2009

bySamuel JohnsonEditorDonald Greene

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This authoritative edition was formerly published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Johnson's poetry and prose - all the major poems, complemented by essays, criticism, and fiction - to give theessence of his work and thinking. Samuel Johnson's literary reputation rests on such a varied output that he defies easy description: poet, critic, lexicographer, travel writer, essayist, editor, and, thanks to his good friend Boswell, the subject of one of the most famous English biographies. This volume celebrates Johnson's astonishing talent by selecting widely across the full range of his work. It includes 'London' and 'The Vanity of Human Wishes' among other poems, and many of his essays for the Rambler and Idler. The prefaces to his edition of Shakespeare and his famousDictionary, together with samples from the texts, are given, as well as selections from A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland, the Lives of the Poets, and Rasselas in its entirety. There is also a substantial representation of lesser-known prose, and of his poetry, letters, andjournals.

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This authoritative edition was formerly published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Johnson's poetry and prose - all the major poems, complemented by essays, criticism, and fiction - to give theessence of his work and thinking. Samuel Johns...

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, novelist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. The late Donald Greene was a Professor Emeritus of English, University of Southern California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.08 inPublished:January 11, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199538336

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Table of Contents

* introduction * textual note * bibliography * chronology * explanatory notes *index