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Life of Johnson

By: James Boswell

...Grosvenor Osgood A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication Life of Johnson by James Boswell, abridged and edited with an introduction by Ch... ...d edited with an introduction by Charles Grosvenor Osgood is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. This Portable Docu- ment file is furn... ...nd unerring relish of what was genuinely Johnsonian in speech, writing, or action; and his own account leads to the infer- ence that he discarded, as ... ...used upon it, that one can hardly open the book at random to a line which 8 Boswell’s Life of Johnson has not its direct bearing upon the one subject... ...ma. His eye is keen for contrasts, for pictur- esque moments, for dramatic action. While it is always the same Johnson whom he makes the central figur... ...her Hogarth nor Johnson were made known to each other at this inter- view. 1740: AETAT. 3l.]—In 1740 he wrote for the Gentleman’s Magazine the ‘Prefac... ...favoured me with a copy of it, which he and I compared with the original: ‘April 26, 1752, being after 12 at Night of the 25th. ‘O Lord! Governour of ... ... for her conditionally, if it were lawful.’ 78 Boswell’s Life of Johnson ‘April 23, 1753. I know not whether I do not too much indulge the vain longi... ...nd most humble servant, ‘SAM. JOHNSON.’ ‘Gough-square, Fleet-street, April 8,1755.’ The Dictionary, with a Grammar and History of the English Language...

...Preface: In making this abridgement of Boswell?s Life of Johnson I have omitted most of Boswell?s criticisms, comments, and notes, all of Johnson?s opinions in legal cases, most of the letters, and parts of the conversation dealing with matters which were of gr...

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