The Lives of the Poets

The Lives of the Poets

A Selection

eBook - 2009
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If a man is to write A Panegyrick, he may keep vices out of sight; but if he professes to write A Life, he must represent it really as it was.'In the last of his major writings, Samuel Johnson looked back over the previous two centuries of English Literature in order to describe the personalities as well as the achievements of the leading English poets. The major Lives - of Milton, Dryden, Swift, and Pope - are memorable cameos of the life of writing in which Johnson is as attentive to human frailty as to literary prowess. The shorter Lives preserve some of Johnson's most piercing, critical ju.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780191568169
0191568163
9780199226740
0199226741
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxiv, 523 pages)
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Additional Contributors: Lonsdale, Roger
Mullan, John 1958-

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