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Community and Solitude : New Essays on Johnson's Circle

Community and Solitude : New Essays on Johnson's Circle / ed. by Anthony W. Lee.
Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press, [2019]
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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. 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. Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.
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Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture 1650-1850
PART ONE: Personal Relationships: Letters and Conversation
1. Connecting with Three "Young Dogs": Johnson's Early Letters to Robert Chambers, Bennet Langton, and James Boswell
2. James Elphinston and Samuel Johnson: Contact, Irritations, and an "Argonautic" Letter
3. The Case of the Missing Hottentot: John Dun's Conversation with Samuel Johnson in Tour to the Hebrides as Reported by Boswell and Dun
PART TWO: Literary Relationships: Major Texts and Topics
4. Oliver Goldsmith's Revisions to The Traveller
5. "Down with Her, Burney!": Johnson, Burney, and the Politics of Literary Celebrity
6. In the First Circle: The Four Narrators of the Life of Savage
7. "Under the Shade of Exalted Merit": Arthur Murphy's A Poetical Epistle to Mr. Samuel Johnson, A.M.
8. Johnson, Burke, Boswell, and the Slavery Debate
9. Samuel Johnson and Anna Seward: Solitude and Sensibility
10. Johnson, Warton, and the Popular Reader
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