"Johnsonian Studies, 188"
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Johnson the man is familiar to most of us. Without much stretch of the imagination we can see the great bushy wig, the massive features, the awkward lumbering walk of “The Great Cham.” We can hear him begin an emphatic remark to Boswell, “Why, Sir—” or even more characteristically, “No, Sir—.” And gradually, with our own changing point of view, we are beginning to recapture something of Johnson’s vigorous reasoning intelligence, his common-sense critical genius. More and more the man the eighteenth century knew is emerging. What follows is the story of this rediscovery.
Never since his death...
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