Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual
Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual is edited by Jack Lynch and published by AMS Press, Inc. This volume is the 23rd part of a series which brings together papers on the life of Samuel Johnson and the times in which he lived. It also includes original documents from 18th-century archives and also reviews of recent books on Johnson and related subjects.
This book is considered one of the most significant ones in English literature, it is literally sorted into quotes, and phrases. Students read it at school, it is considered the best biography in the history of English literature. This collection includes excerpts from conversations that were conducted by two friends. The range of issues discussed in the book covers all or almost everything. Family, relationships, youth, old age, fame, the duty of a writer or poet to society, religion, politics, war. Samuel Johnson had his opinion decisively about everything in the world, and the opinion was largely curious. The fact that the main characters conduct their conversations in the 60s of the 18th century is all the more surprising, because many statements are still relevant. This book is interesting because it contains many interesting references to Johnson’s contemporaries, his opinion about America (the “convict nation”) and France, about the works of Milton and Swift, about actors and politicians. For all its extravagance, Johnson is a product of his time, and gives us an idea of what the Englishman’s worldview was like in the 18th century.
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