Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets by Roger Lonsdale
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Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets
By Roger Lonsdale

Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets

With Critical Observations on Their Works Volume III

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Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets by Roger Lonsdale

Book Awards

  • Winner of Modern Language Association Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition 2006.

Book Description

Johnson himself wrote in 1782: 'I know not that I have written any thing more generally commended than the Lives of the Poets'. Always recognized as a major biographical and critical achievement, Samuel Johnson's last literary project is also one of his most readable and entertaining, written with characteristic eloquence and conviction, and at times with combative trenchancy. Johnson's fifty-two biographies constitute a detailed survey of English poetry from the early seventeenth century down to his own time, with extended discussions of Cowley, Milton, Waller, Dryden, Addison, Prior, Swift, Pope, and Gray. The Lives also include Johnson's memorable biography of the enigmatic Richard Savage (1744), the friend of his own early years in London. Roger Lonsdale's Introduction describes the origins, composition, and textual history of the Lives, and assesses Johnson's assumptions and aims as biographer and critic. The commentary provides a detailed literary and historical context, investigating Johnson's sources, relating the Lives to his own earlier writings and conversation, and to the critical opinions of his contemporaries, as well as illustrating their early reception. This is the first scholarly edition since George Birkbeck Hill's three-volume Oxford edition (1905). This is volume three of four.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199284818
ISBN-10: 0199284814
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 165mm x 45mm)
Pages: 488
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Lives of the Poets by Roger Lonsdale Lives of the Poets, Paperback (May 2009)

The Lives of the Poets is one of the greatest works of English criticism, but also one of the most diverting. This is the only one-volume paperback edition to make available Johnson's most substantial Lives in unabridged form. Texts are drawn from Roger Lonsdale's authoritative complete edition, and introduced by John Mullan.

New Oxford Book of Eighteenth-Century Verse by Roger Lonsdale New Oxford Book of Eighteenth-Century Verse, Paperback (March 2009)

A stylish reissue of Roger Lonsdale's widely praised anthology of 18th-century poetry: no previous anthology has succeeded in illustrating so thoroughly the kinds of verse actually written in the eighteenth century.

Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets by Roger Lonsdale Samuel Johnson's Lives of the Poets, Hardback (February 2006)

Produced as a contribution to English biography and criticism, this fourth volume offers a survey of English poetry from the early seventeenth century down to the author's own time. It also includes an introduction and critical apparatus.

Eighteenth Century Women Poets by Roger Lonsdale Eighteenth Century Women Poets, Paperback (August 1990)

During the 18th century, there was a great proliferation of poetry published by women. Most of their work has since fallen into obscurity and their place in literary history has gone largely unnoticed. This anthology contains work by more than one hundred poets, from various strata in society.

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Author Biography - Roger Lonsdale

Emeritus Fellow of Balliol and former Professor of English at the University of Oxford, Roger Lonsdale is the editor of The New Oxford Book of Eighteenth-Century Verse (1987).

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