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The Lives of the Poets: A Selection

The Lives of the Poets: A Selection
 

The Lives of the Poets is one of the greatest works of English criticism, but also one of the most diverting. This is the only one-volume paperback edition to make available Johnson's most substantial Lives in unabridged form. Texts are drawn from Roger Lonsdale's authoritative c... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780199226740
Barcode 9780199226740
Published 28 August 2009 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Johnson, Samuel
Edited by Lonsdale, Roger
Series Oxford World's Classics
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ISBN-13 9780199226740
ISBN-10 0199226741
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 28 August 2009
International Publication Date 28 May 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Johnson, Samuel
Edited by Lonsdale, Roger
Series Oxford World's Classics
Category Literary Studies: 16Th To 18Th Centuries
Poetry & Poets
Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Number of Pages 560
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 196mm
Spine: 32mm
Weight 403g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Poets, English, Poets, English - Early modern, 1500-1700 - History and criticism, Poets, English - 18th century - History and criticism
NBS Text Biography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 821.009
Catalogue Code 66764

Description of this Book

'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 judgements. Unsentimental, opinionated, and quotable, The Lives of the Poets continues to influence the reputations of the writers concerned. It is one of the greatest works of English criticism, but also one of the most humanly diverting. This selection of the Lives of ten of the most important poets draws its text from Roger Lonsdale's authoritative complete edition.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The 'Lives of the Poets', combining mournfully droll biography with brilliant literary criticism, is as enjoyable as anything he wrote. John Mullan, Saturday Guardian
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Roger Lonsdale was formerly Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. His publications include The New Oxford Book of Eighteenth-Century Verse and Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology John Mullan teaches at University College London. He is a broadcaster and literary journalist, with a weekly column on fiction for the Guardian newspaper. He has edited Defoe's Roxana for OWC, and is the author of How Novels Work (OUP, 2006) and Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature (Faber, 2007).

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