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Author Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784.

Title The lives of the poets : a selection / Samuel Johnson ; text edited by Roger Lonsdale ; selected with an introduction and notes by John Mullan
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xxxiv, 523 pages)
Series Oxford world's classics
Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Contents Cowley -- Milton -- Rochester -- Dryden -- Congreve -- Gay -- Savage -- Switft -- Pope -- Gray
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Poets, English -- Biography.
Poets, English -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Poets, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Biography.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Lonsdale, Roger.
Mullan, John, 1958-
ISBN 0191568163 (electronic bk.)
9780191568169 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Lives of the English poets. Selections