Boswell's Life of Johnson

Abridged and edited, with an introduction by Charles Grosvenor Osgood

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Author: James Boswell
Published: 1791
Language: English
Wordcount: 221,046 / 610 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 47.4
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 2,891
Added to site: 2006.05.13
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Genre: Biography
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g a charm the consciousness of which would have turned any head less constant than his own, and with their fulsome adoration he was pleased none the less for perceiving its real value.

But the most important of his friendships developed between him and such men of genius as Boswell, David Garrick, Oliver Goldsmith, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Edmund Burke. Johnson's genius left no fit testimony of itself from his own hand. With all the greatness of his mind he had no talent in sufficient measure by which fully to express himself. He had no ear for music and no eye for painting, and the finest qualities in the creations of Goldsmith were lost upon him. But his genius found its talents in others, and through the talents of his personal friends expressed itself as it were by proxy. They rubbed their minds upon his, and he set in motion for them ideas which they might use. But the intelligence of genius is profounder and more personal than mere ideas. It has within it something energetic, expansive, propulsiv

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