The Lives of the English Poets, Volume 1

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Atlantic Publishers & Distri, 1820
 

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COWLEY
1
DENHAM
54
MILTON
63
BUTLER
135
ROCHESTER
148
ROSCOMMON
155
OTWAY
164
WALLER
168
DRYDEN
235
SMITH
344
DUKE
365
KING
367
SPRAT
371
HALIFAX
376
PARNELL
380
GARTH
384

POMFRET
211
DORSET
213
STEPNEY
216
PHILIPS J
219
WALSH
233
ROWE
389
ADDISON
399
HUGHES
450
SHEFFIELD
455

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Over de auteur (1820)

Samuel Johnson was born in 1709, in Lichfield, England. The son of a bookseller, Johnson briefly attended Pembroke College, Oxford, taught school, worked for a printer, and opened a boarding academy with his wife's money before that failed. Moving to London in 1737, Johnson scratched out a living from writing. He regularly contributed articles and moral essays to journals, including the Gentleman's Magazine, the Adventurer, and the Idler, and became known for his poems and satires in imitation of Juvenal. Between 1750 and 1752, he produced the Rambler almost single-handedly. In 1755 Johnson published Dictionary of the English Language, which secured his place in contemporary literary circles. Johnson wrote Rasselas in a week in 1759, trying to earn money to visit his dying mother. He also wrote a widely-read edition of Shakespeare's plays, as well as Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland and Lives of the Poets. Johnson's writing was so thoughtful, powerful, and influential that he was considered a singular authority on all things literary. His stature attracted the attention of James Boswell, whose biography, Life of Johnson, provides much of what we know about its subject. Johnson died in 1784.

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