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This is an auction for SAMUEL JOHNSON by John Wain. reviews:

"FIVE STARS!! Samuel Johnson was very much the provincial Englishman of his age: monarchist, Tory, pious Anglican, defender of aristocracy. Though inhabiting an island, he first glimpsed the ocean at age 50. He never ventured farther from London than the Hebrides, except for a short sojourn to France at age 68 whose main effect was that he "appreciated England the more." Johnson had a Shakespearean understanding of human nature. He ruminated deeply, and wrote out his ruminations with the profoundest clarity. Spend an afternoon reading "The Rambler" instead of surfing the Web and you will re-set your sensibilities. Wain, a novelist and Professor of Poetry at Oxford, presents Johnson to us in a delightfully easy and personal style. We find that the imposing figure we remember from school suffered from depression and long spells of indolence; had a powerful sex drive but was riven by guilt; was slovenly in dress; and had an almost superhuman memory. Contrary to his austere image, Johnson was, according to Wain, "as benevolent as any man who ever lived." He could be cranky, but seems to have been incapable of malice, was filled with compassion and what we would today call "empathy." He had a huge number of friends, most of them lasting a lifetime. We all remember "The Rambler" and the famous Dictionary, but we might have forgotten "The Lives of the Poets", "Notes to Shakespeare", "Journey to the Western Isles", and "Rassalas, Prince of Abyssinia." When we feel our conversation getting stale, we can just dip into these, and be energized again."

Hardback 1975.

388 pages + 36 illustrations.

Very good condition.

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