Samuel Johnson and the Essay

Samuel Johnson and the Essay

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When Samuel Johnson is discussed as an essayist, his and qIdlerq are generally the works that are considered. This is the first study to take account of the effect of Johnson's essayistic talents on the entirety of his writing. Setting forth the particular characteristics of the genre that are present in Johnson's contributions to the political controversies of his time, this analysis examines those qualities of Johnson's thought and methods that naturally led to his dependence on the essay form in polemical engagements throughout his career. In detail, Spector's study then goes on to explore the manner in which Johnson employed the essay not only in forms normally related to the genre, but in literary types ordinarily considered remote from it. The and qIdler, q along with Johnson's periodical essays in the qAdventurer, q are themselves looked at from a fresh point of view--the ways in which Johnson the professional writer, without regard for posterity, addressed the interests of the common reader of his century.a shrewd critic like George Watson, the biographical essay is a paradox, and the aquot;Life of Milton shows Johnson uncomfortably poised upon a double ... Even as he accepts the interdependency of the three parts, a critic like Lipking finds themanbsp;...

Title:Samuel Johnson and the Essay
Author:Robert Donald Spector
Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group - 1997-01-01


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