The Life of Johnson
Cambridge University Press. 1992. Hardback. xviii + 131 pages. ISBN: 0-521-37304-2.
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This new introduction to the Life of Johnson discusses the main structural, dramatic, historical, and imaginative aspects of the work, and establishes its intellectual and social contexts. Professor Clingham offers a new account of the Life based upon a reassessment of the nature of biography, of Boswell’s style and thought, and of Johnson’s own works. As he examines the Life’s complex psychological, emotional, and artistic facets, a fresh picture of Boswell as biographer emerges.
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