New Light on Boswell
Critical and Historical Essays on the Occasion of the Bicententary of the 'Life' of Johnson
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New Light on Boswell by Greg Clingham
Book DescriptionBoswell's Life of Johnson is established as one of the foremost literary biographies in the English language. This 1991 collection of essays, commemorating its bicentenary, investigates Boswell's achievements and limitations in both literary and personal contexts, and goes beyond the Life to examine the full range of Boswell's writings and interests (in legal, social, theological, political and linguistic fields). Drawing Boswell out of Johnson's shadow, the volume places him in a wider context, juxtaposing Boswell with other contemporaries and compatriots in the Scottish enlightenment, such as Hume, Robertson and Blair. In addition it investigates some of the critical and theoretical questions surrounding the notion of biographical representation in the Life itself. Boswell emerges as a writer engaged throughout his literary career in constructing a self or series of selves out of his divided Scottish identity. This collection combines archival research with fresh critical perspectives and constitutes a timely review of Boswell's status in eighteenth-century literary studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521023160
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Greg Clingham
Samuel Johnson After 300 Years, Paperback (October 2012)
To mark the tercentenary of Samuel Johnson's birth in 2009, the specially-commissioned essays in this volume review his scholarly reputation.
James Boswell: The Life of Johnson, Paperback (August 2008)
This is a radical introduction to the Life of Johnson.
Johnson, Writing, and Memory, Paperback (November 2005)
Examines Johnson's writing in relation to eighteenth-century thought on literature, history, fiction and law.
Cambridge Companion to Samuel Johnson, Paperback (October 1997)» View all books by Greg Clingham
This Companion, first published in 1997, provides an introduction to the works and life of one of the key figures in English literary history.
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