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Community and solitude : new essays on Johnson's circle

Title
Community and solitude : new essays on Johnson's circle / edited by Anthony W. Lee.
ISBN
9781684480234
168448023X
9781684480227
1684480221
Publication
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania : Bucknell University Press, [2019]
Physical Description
ix, 257 pages ; 25 cm.
Summary
"Due in no small part to his aversion to solitude, Samuel Johnson's life was situated within a rich social and intellectual community of friendships--and antagonisms. Community and Solitude is a collection of ten essays that explores relationships between Johnson and several of his main contemporaries--including James Boswell, Edmund Burke, Frances Burney, Robert Chambers, Oliver Goldsmith, Bennet Langton, Arthur Murphy, Richard Savage, Anna Seward, and Thomas Warton--and analyzes some of the literary productions emanating from the pressures within those relationships. In their detailed and careful examination of particular works situated within complex social and personal contexts, the essays in this volume offer a 'thick' and illuminating description of Johnson's world that also engages with larger cultural and aesthetic issues, such as intertextuality, literary celebrity, narrative, the nature of criticism, race, slavery, and sensibility. These essays are thoroughly researched and written in a lively and intelligent way; Anthony Lee's Introduction offers a coherent account of the importance of community and solitude in Johnson's intellectual world. The reader will find that world presented by Community and Solitude in engaging, new ways. Contributors: Christopher Catanese, James Caudle, Marilyn Francus, Christine Jackson-Holzberg, Claudia Thomas Kairoff, Elizabeth Lambert, Anthony W. Lee, James E. May, John Radner, and Lance Wilcox"-- Provided by publisher.
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
July 30, 2019
Series
Transits (Bucknell University)
Transits : literature, thought & culture
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Connecting with three "young dogs" : Johnson's early letters to Robert Chambers, Bennet Langton, and James Boswell / John Radner
James Elphinston and Samuel Johnson : contact, irritations, and an "argonautic" letter John Radner / Christine Jackson-Holzberg
The case of the missing Hottentot : John Dun's conversation with Samuel Johnson in Tour to the Hebrides as reported by Boswell and Dun / James Caudle
Oliver Goldsmith's revisions to The traveller / James E. May
"Down with her, Burney!" : Johnson, Burney, and the politics of literary celebrity / Marilyn Francus
In the first circle : the four narrators of The life of savage / Lance Wilcox
"Under the shade of exalted merit" : Arthur Murphy's A poetical epistle to Mr Samuel Johnson, A.M. / Anthony W. Lee
Johnson, Burke, Boswell, and the slavery debate / Elizabeth Lambert
Johnson, Warton, and the popular reader / Christopher Catanese.
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