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Domestick privacies : Samuel Johnson and the art of biography

Author: David Wheeler
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, [1987] ©1987
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Biography was Samuel Johnson's favorite among literary genres, and his Lives of the Poets is often regarded as the capstone of his career. The central place of biography in his oeuvre is explored in this collection of nine original essays by leading Johnson scholars. Varied in their focus and approach, the essays range from a philosophical overview of Johnson's notion of the relation between life and art, to a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wheeler, David.
Domestick Privacies : Samuel Johnson and the Art of Biography.
Lexington : The University Press of Kentucky, ©2015
Named Person: Samuel Johnson; Samuel Johnson; Samuel Johnson
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Wheeler
ISBN: 9780813159164 0813159164
OCLC Number: 900344527
Description: 1 online resource (204 pages)
Contents: Introduction, the uses of Johnson's biographies / David Wheeler --
Johnson's beginnings / Lawrence Lipking --
Life, art, and the Lives of the poets / James L. Battersby --
Dr. Johnson's solemn response to beneficence / John A. Dussinger --
Johnson's portraits of Charles XII of Sweden / James Gray --
Johnson, Imlac, and biographical thinking / Catherine N. Parke --
The contexts and motives of Johnson's Life of Milton / Stephen Fix --
Johnson's Lives and modern students / William R. Siebenschuh --
Johnson and biography / Michael Stuprich.
Responsibility: edited by David Wheeler.

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Biography was Samuel Johnson's favorite among literary genres, and his Lives of the Poets is often regarded as the capstone of his career. The central place of biography in his oeuvre is explored in this collection of nine original essays by leading Johnson scholars. Varied in their focus and approach, the essays range from a philosophical overview of Johnson's notion of the relation between life and art, to a detailed reading of the Life of Milton, to a speculation on the value of the Lives in the classroom. Emerging clearly in the essays are the dual concerns -- artistic and intellectual.

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