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Published: 03 August 2009

592 Pages

ISBN: 9780199226740

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The Lives of the Poets

A Selection

Samuel Johnson
Edited by Roger Lonsdale and John Mullan Mullan

Oxford World's Classics

  • A unique selection from Johnson's Lives of the Poets, drawn from Roger Lonsdale's acclaimed complete edition, and with an engaging Introduction and Notes by John Mullan.
  • Selects ten complete Lives of the most important poets and is the only one-volume paperback edition to make available Johnson's most substantial Lives in unabridged form.
  • Substantial Introduction sets the Lives in the context of Johnson's life, explains how he used them to anatomize the 'life of writing', how he was influenced by his sense of literature as a national property, and celebrates their literary qualities.
  • Notes are designed for the general reader as well as the student; they explain eighteenth-century meanings, gloss allusions, and identify Johnson's sources (and errors).
  • Up-to-date bibliography.