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Samuel Johnson

A Biography

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674057371

Publication Date: 11/15/2010

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640 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

34 halftones, 2 maps

Belknap Press

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  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • I. Staffordshire Youth
    • 1. Anecdotes of Beggary
    • 2. Stepping on the Duckling
    • 3. Leaping over the Rail
    • 4. Two Benefactors
  • II. Despondency and Hope
    • 5. Oxford: Wielding a Scholar’s Weapon
    • 6. Horrible Imaginings
    • 7. Stirrings in Birmingham
    • 8. Taking a Wife
  • III. Slow Rises Worth
    • 9. Stranger in London
    • 10. Sons of Misery: Finding Richard Savage
    • 11. ‘Slow Rises Worth by Poverty Depress’d’
    • 12. Wandering in the Midlands
  • IV. Triumph: The Dictionary Years
    • 13. London Revived: A Lion in Harness
    • 14. A Lifeline: The Dictionary
    • 15. Poetic Interludes
    • 16. Tetty and ‘Amorous Propensities’
    • 17. The Triumph of the Moralist
    • 18. Darkness Falls
    • 19. Once More unto the Breach: Back to the Dictionary
  • V. Depression, Shakespeare, Travel and Anger
    • 20. Stalled
    • 21. ‘Suffering Chimeras’
    • 22. ‘Vain and Corrupt Imaginations’
    • 23. Boswell and Mrs Thrale
    • 24. Shakespeare and the Living World
    • 25. Coliseum of Beasts
    • 26. Back to Shakespeare and the Dictionary
    • 27. The Road to the Hebrides
    • 28. Politics and Travel
  • VI. Biography and ‘The Race with Death’
    • 29. ‘A Very Poor Creeper upon the Earth’
    • 30. Biographical Straitjacket
    • 31. Losing Ground
    • 32. The Last Days
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • Runner-up, The Atlantic Books of the Year, 2009
  • A Kansas City Star Top 10 Notable Book of 2008
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