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The Resource Samuel Johnson : the life of an author, Lawrence Lipking

Samuel Johnson : the life of an author, Lawrence Lipking

Label
Samuel Johnson : the life of an author
Title
Samuel Johnson
Title remainder
the life of an author
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Lipking
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Lipking's Samuel Johnson is the story of the man as he lived - and lives - in his work. Tracing Johnson's rocky climb from anonymity to fame, in the course of which he came to stand for both the greatness of English literature and the good sense of the common reader, the book shows how this life transformed the very nature of authorship. Beginning with the defiant letter to Chesterfield that made Johnson a celebrity, Samuel Johnson offers fresh readings of all the writer's major works, viewed through the lens of two ongoing preoccupations: the urge to do great deeds - and the sense that bold expectations are doomed to disappointment. Johnson steers between the twin perils of ambition and despondency. Mounting a challenge to the emerging industry that glorified and capitalized on Shakespeare, he stresses instead the playwright's power to cure the illusions of everyday life. All Johnson's works reveal his extraordinary sympathy with ordinary people. In his groundbreaking Dictionary, in his poems and essays, and in The Lives of the English Poets, we see Johnson becoming the key figure in the culture of literacy that reaches from his day to our own
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1934-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lipking, Lawrence
Dewey number
  • 828/.609
  • b
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3533
LC item number
.L56 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Authors, English
  • Lexicographers
  • Critics
  • Great Britain
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Écrivains anglais
  • Lexicographes
  • Critiques
  • Authors, English
  • Lexicographers
  • Critics
  • Grande-Bretagne
Label
Samuel Johnson : the life of an author, Lawrence Lipking
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-361) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The birth of the author: the letter to Chesterfield -- First flowers: Johnson's beginnings -- Becoming an author: London; Life of Savage -- Preferment's gate: The vanity of human wishes -- Man of letters: A dictionary of the English language -- The living world: The Rambler -- Reclaiming imagination: Rasselas -- The theater of the mind: The plays of William Shakespeare -- Journeying westward: Political writings; A journey to the western islands of Scotland -- Touching the shore: The lives of the English poets -- The life to come: Johnson's endings
Control code
38879405
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 372 pages
Isbn
9780674787773
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98018526
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)38879405
Label
Samuel Johnson : the life of an author, Lawrence Lipking
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-361) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The birth of the author: the letter to Chesterfield -- First flowers: Johnson's beginnings -- Becoming an author: London; Life of Savage -- Preferment's gate: The vanity of human wishes -- Man of letters: A dictionary of the English language -- The living world: The Rambler -- Reclaiming imagination: Rasselas -- The theater of the mind: The plays of William Shakespeare -- Journeying westward: Political writings; A journey to the western islands of Scotland -- Touching the shore: The lives of the English poets -- The life to come: Johnson's endings
Control code
38879405
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 372 pages
Isbn
9780674787773
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
98018526
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)38879405

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