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Writing the Life of Dr Johnson
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Boswell's Presumptuous Task: Writing the Life of Dr Johnson by Adam Sisman
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A sparkling account of the writing of one of the most celebrated biographies of all time -- 'The Life of Samuel Johnson' -- and an account of the friendship that blossomed between writer and his subject. James Boswell's 'The Life of Dr Johnson' is acknowledged as one of the greatest and most entertaining books in the English language: a model of biographical endeavour and achievement, an epic attempt to capture the spirit of a man who embodied the spirit of an age. And yet Boswell himself has generally been considered as little more than an idiot, condemned by posterity as a lecher and a drunk, a man who spent his short life in various states of dissipation, on a fruitless search for amusement and diversion. But Adam Sisman's sparkling account of the writing of Boswell's biographical masterpiece tells another story: of how Boswell succeeded in his presumptuous task of capturing the character of his garrulous, curmudgeonly, beloved friend Samuel Johnson on the page. And by tracing the friendship between the writer and his subject Sisman provides a fascinating, detailed and richly textured account of the writing of one of the masterpieces of literature in the English canon.

Author Biography

Adam Sisman is the author of 'A.J.P.Taylor: A Biography' and 'The Friendship' (published by HarperCollins 2006). He lives near Bath, England, with his wife, the novelist Robyn Sisman, and their two children.
Release date Australia
October 2nd, 2006
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Audience
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
HarperPerennial
Pages
432
Dimensions
130x197x27
ISBN-13
9780007234295
Product ID
1631633

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