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The lives of the poets : a selection

Author: Samuel Johnson; Roger H Lonsdale; John Mullan
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Series: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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If a man is to write A Panegyrick, he may keep vices out of sight; but if he professes to write A Life, he must represent it really as it was.'In the last of his major writings, Samuel Johnson looked back over the previous two centuries of English Literature in order to describe the personalities as well as the achievements of the leading English poets. The major Lives - of Milton, Dryden, Swift, and Pope - are  Read more...
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Biography
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Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784.
Lives of the poets.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009
(OCoLC)246896497
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Johnson; Roger H Lonsdale; John Mullan
ISBN: 9780191568169 0191568163
OCLC Number: 435942290
Description: 1 online resource (xxxiv, 523 p.)
Contents: Cowley --
Milton --
Rochester --
Dryden --
Congreve --
Gay --
Savage --
Switft --
Pope --
Gray.
Series Title: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Other Titles: Lives of the English poets.
Responsibility: Samuel Johnson ; text edited by Roger Lonsdale ; selected with an introduction and notes by John Mullan.

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If a man is to write A Panegyrick, he may keep vices out of sight; but if he professes to write A Life, he must represent it really as it was.'In the last of his major writings, Samuel Johnson looked back over the previous two centuries of English Literature in order to describe the personalities as well as the achievements of the leading English poets. The major Lives - of Milton, Dryden, Swift, and Pope - are memorable cameos of the life of writing in which Johnson is as attentive to human frailty as to literary prowess. The shorter Lives preserve some of Johnson's most piercing, critical ju.

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