The Selected Essays from the Rambler, Adventurer, and Idler: Selected Essays from the Rambler…

Paperback | September 10, 1968

bySamuel JohnsonEditorW. J. Bate

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This selection of the cream of the writing from Volumes II-V of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson fills the largest remaining gap in easily available eighteenth-century texts for the student and general reader. The edition provides in popular form the amplest selection available of Johnson’s essays, ranging from his great moral pieces to the valuable essays on literary criticisms. The text is that of the authoritative Yale Edition and includes full annotation. An introduction by W.J. Bate provides a concise summary of the publication history of the essays and probes in detail the moral vision that pervades most of them.
Mr. Bate is Lowell Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University and joint editor of Volumes II-V of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson.

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This selection of the cream of the writing from Volumes II-V of the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson fills the largest remaining gap in easily available eighteenth-century texts for the student and general reader. The edition provides in popular form the amplest selection available of Johnson’s essays, ranging from his great...

Samuel Johnson was born in 1709, in Lichfield, England. The son of a bookseller, Johnson briefly attended Pembroke College, Oxford, taught school, worked for a printer, and opened a boarding academy with his wife's money before that failed. Moving to London in 1737, Johnson scratched out a living from writing. He regularly contributed ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:393 pages, 8 × 5.13 × 0.68 inPublished:September 10, 1968Publisher:Yale University Press

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ISBN - 10:0300000162

ISBN - 13:9780300000160

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fat man with a big brain Samuel Johnson, a literary superhero in the eyes of many, executed his ideas with an unprecedented ingenuity and precision. The perspicuity of this author informs a natural writing style that is both comedic and informative. He is to literary criticism what Shakespeare is to literature, and anyone interested in the literary art should consult this intellectual giant. Be warned though, this logophile can leave an unaquainted reader with many painful interludes involving dictionaries and encyclopedias. Enjoy!
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