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Selected poetry and prose

Author: Samuel Johnson; Frank Brady; William K Wimsatt
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1977.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Johnson; Frank Brady; William K Wimsatt
ISBN: 0520029291 9780520029293
OCLC Number: 3587885
Description: xii, 642 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Samuel Johnson 1709-1784 --
Letters: To Elizabeth Johnson, 31 January 1740 --
To Philip Dormer Stanhope, fourth Earl of Chesterfield, 7 February 1755 --
To Sarah Johnson, 13 January 1759 --
To Guiseppe Baretti, 21 December 1762 --
To James Boswell, 8 December 1763 --
To Hester Lynch Thrale, 6 September 1773 --
To James McPherson, 20 January 1775 --
To Hester Lynch Thrale, 27 October 1777 --
To Hester Lynch, 19 June 1783 --
To Hester Lynch Thrale, 2 July 1784 --
To Hester Lynch Thrale, 8 July 1784 --
Poems: London --
Prologue to Garrick's Lethe --
Prologue spoken at the opening of the theater in Drury Lane, 1747 --
The vanity of human wishes --
A new prologue spoken at the representation of Comus --
Prologue to The good-natured man --
A short long of congratulation --
On the death of Dr. Robert Levett --
The history of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia --
Selections from The rambler: The modern form of romances preferable to the ancient. The necessity of characters morally good --
The thoughts to be brought under regulation, as they respect they past, present and future --
The difference between an author's writings and his conversation --
the reason why pastorals delight --
The true principles of pastoral poetry --
The causes of disagreements in marriage --
A deathbed the true school of wisdom. The effects of death upon the survivors --
The dignity and usefulness of biography --
Peevishness equally wretched and offensive. The character of tetrica --
An inquiry how far Milton has accommodated the sound to the sense --
The history of Hymenaeus's courtship --
The dangers of imitation. The impropriety of imitating Spenser --
The difficulty of defining comedy. Tragic and comic sentiments confounded --
The laws of writing not always indisputable. A vindication of tragicomedy --
Rules of writing drawn from examples. Those examples often mistaken --
Poetry debased by mean expressions. An example from Shakespeare --
The awkward merriment of a student --
Favor often gained with little. Assistance from the understanding --
The busy life of a young lady --
Human opinion mutable. The hopes of youth fallacious --
Asper's complaint of the insolence of Prospero. Unpoliteness not always the effect of pride --
Selections from The idler: The Idler's reason for writing --
Robbery of time --
[The vultures] [Essay of 9 September 1758 in the Universal Chronicle, suppressed in the collected edition of 1761] --
Uncertainty of friendship --
Thinking --
Disguises of idleness. Sober's character --
Punch and conversation --
The terrific diction --
Domestic greatness unattainable --
Minim the critic --
Minim the critic --
Progress of arts and language --
Hard words defended --
Dick Shifter's rural excursion --
Easy writing --
Biography how best performed --
Narratives of travelers considered --
Authors inattentive to themselves --
Horror of the last --
Preface to a dictionary of the English language --
Preface to the plays of Willia Shakespeare --
Lives of the poets: Abraham Cowley --
John Milton --
Jonathan Swift --
Alexander Pope --
Richard Savage --
William Collins --
Thomas Gray.
Other Titles: Works.
Responsibility: Samuel Johnson ; edited with an introd. and notes by Frank Brady and W.K. Wimsatt.

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