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Samuel Johnson: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) epub ebook

by Samuel Johnson,Donald Greene

Samuel Johnson: The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) epub ebook

Author: Samuel Johnson,Donald Greene
Category: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (April 15, 2009)
Pages: 880 pages
ISBN: 0199538336
ISBN13: 978-0199538331
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 230
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Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was an English author who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet .

The late Donald Greene was a Professor Emeritus of English, University of Southern California. I've never been able to get into Boswell's Life of Johnson, which Frank Lynch doesn't like either). Frank is of course a great Johnson enthusiast and regularly contributes Johnsonian wit and wisdom to al. uotations.

The Major Works - Oxford World's Classics (Paperback). It brings together a unique combination of Johnson's poetry and prose - all the major poems, complemented by essays, criticism, and fiction - to give the essence of his work and thinking.

Samuel Johnson: The major works (Oxford World Classics). Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2000. Greene, Donald Johnson and John Lawrence Abbott. Introduction" in The Selected Essays of Donald Greene. Bucknell University Press, 2004.

Samuel Johnson's literary reputation rests on such a varied output that he defies easy description: poet, critic .

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.

3. The book is filled with stories about Johnson's distinguished friends from the world of politics, business, farming and art. He was a close friend of Dr. Oliver Goldsmith the author of "The Vicar of Wakefield" and other works, Joshua Reynolds the famous painter and David Garrick the famous Shakespearean actor.

Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 880 pages. Sermon 5 was the only reason I bought the book. Published September 28th 2000 by Oxford University Press (first published June 1925). 0192840428 (ISBN13: 9780192840424). It had some good points in it. I realized that Samuel Johnson was opposed to the American Revolution (of course! He was British!) but for reasons that seem to contradict the rest of his thinking. Interesting thoughts but very worldly.

Oxford World's Classics. Oxford World's Classics. This volume celebrates Johnson's astonishing talent by selecting widely across the full range of his work.

First published, with revisions, as an Oxford world's classics paperback: 2000. The item is very worn but continues to work perfectly. Signs of wear can include aesthetic issues such as scratches, dents and worn corners

First published, with revisions, as an Oxford world's classics paperback: 2000. First published, with revisions, as an Oxford world's classics paperback: 2000. Signs of wear can include aesthetic issues such as scratches, dents and worn corners. All pages and the cover are intact, but the dust cover may be missing.

Fan of Johnson though I am, the authoritative 4-volume set is simply too much for me of minor poets and detailed critiques of their works, even to stumble on the occasional gems.

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 famous Dictionary, 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, and journals.This edition represents the single most comprehensive anthology of Johnson's works. With a new, modern package this is an invaluble classic to add to your collection.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Reviews (7)
jorik
Johnson is a bit problematic for the modern reader, I suspect. He was a scholar, he was a critic, he was a lexicographer, he was a novelist, he was an essayist, he was a poet. His straightforward intelligence was rigorously formal, and we are not used to that in our era. We tend to compartmentalize authors, and Johnson would not fit in modern categories. His poetry was formal and intellectual; although he has a relatively small body of work, he was an absolute master. This book is a very good introduction to his work, but I purchased it for its selection of Doctor Johnson's poetry, and I am very glad I did. This is a book to read and return to through a lifetime. Here be depths.

Hrguig
I asked Frank Lynch, who runs the "Samuel Johnson Sound Bite" site, to suggest a good starting point for someone who's never read Samuel Johnson. (I've never been able to get into Boswell's Life of Johnson, which Frank Lynch doesn't like either). Frank is of course a great Johnson enthusiast and regularly contributes Johnsonian wit and wisdom to alt.quotations. I've ordered this book on the strength of his recommendation. (Warning: this 884-page paperback appears to be a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BOOK with the from the 200-page hardbound published by Twayne, even though Amazon has them crosslinked as being the same).
Frank posted the following in alt.quotations:
"Without hesitation, I recommend the anthology published by Oxford & edited by Donald Greene. It has NO Boswell. It has about 40 periodical essays, all of Rasselas, the preface to Shakespeare, the preface to the Dictionary, a sermon, some of his Journey to the Hebrides, extracts from the Lives of the Poets, some letters, The Vanity Of Human Wishes, London, his review of Soame Jenyn's "A Free Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil", The Patriot, the Drury Lane Prologue etc etc Hands down the best anthology going, and a great survey of the scope of his work."

Silverbrew
well worth it just for the fact it contains parts of the hard to find and expensive The Rambler" works. not for the light readers but his thoughs and messages come across quite clear. an astute reader of human nature and social challenges and changes that happened and are happening now. i am a huge english lit nerd,so keep that in mind.

Juce
If you are a Samuel Johnson fan, this is the collection you want, it will keep you busy for years if you can handle that much of Johnson's concentrated mind and style.

Oparae
This volume is a very thorough collection of Johnson's best works, including essays and sermons, the full text of Rasselas, as well as poetry. It's a great introduction to a man great, not only for his literary mastery, but also for his moral integrity and vigor of mind.

Bad Sunny
Good.

Felolak
Something to read over a good glass of Sherry and your favorite pipe.

The book arrived ok and it was not dammaged at all

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