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This is an auction for DR JOHNSON & MR SAVAGE by Richard Holmes.

"In this outstanding, eminently readable work of literary scholarship, Holmes explores the enigmatic friendship between Samuel Johnson and the poet Richard Savage, whom Johnson memorialized in Lives of the Poets. Synthesizing a wide array of contradictory historical sources, Holmes shows that Savage was a notorious and alluring figure when Johnson first arrived in London in 1737. Savage's life was as lurid as a popular novel, recounts Holmes: he claimed to be the illegitimate son of a malevolent Countess, was indicted for killing a man in a tavern brawl but was pardoned by the queen, lived profligately and died in debtor's prison in 1743. Holmes enlivens his study with keen insights into the art of biography and evocative glimpses into the professional literary industry of 18th-century London."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

"Holmes, who has written biographies of Shelley and Coleridge, here examines the friendship between Samuel Johnson and Richard Savage in an attempt to understand Johnson's biography of the minor 18th-century poet. Holmes evokes Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, arguing that in life and in Johnson's Life Savage was Johnson's alter ego. Holmes concludes that The Life of Savage (1744) "revolutionized the art of biography and invented the poet as romantic outcast." In the course of explaining how and why Johnson told his story as he did, Holmes provides a fairly full biography of Savage. Holmes's book earned much praise when it was published in England and will be equally welcome in this country. It is at once learned and a pleasure to read."
- Library Journal (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 1993.

260 pages + 32 pages of colour photographs.

Good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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