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The Life of Samuel Johnson, vol 1


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Author: James Boswell
Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 246,027 / 755 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.9
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,583 1152
Genres: Biography, Audiobook

Edited by George Birkbeck Hill.

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ative that needs illustration. Johnson in his talk ranges over a vast number of subjects. In his capacious memory were stored up the fruits of an almost boundless curiosity, and a wide and varied reading. I have sought to follow him wherever a remark of his required illustration, and have read through many a book that I might trace to its source a reference or an allusion. I have examined, moreover, all the minor writings which are attributed to him by Boswell, but which are not for the most part included in his collected works. In some cases I have ventured to set my judgment against Boswell's, and have refused to admit that Johnson was the author of the feeble pieces which were fathered on him. Once or twice in the course of my reading I have come upon essays which had escaped the notice of his biographer, but which bear the marks of his workmanship. To these I have given a reference. While the minute examination that I have so often had to make of Boswell's narrative has done nothing but strengthen my trus

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