The provocatively aphoristic Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), English essayist, poet, editor and pioneering lexicographer, holds a permanent place in the currency of quotation, thanks mostly to James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791). The Life, in its time a wholly innovative and path breaking literary achievement, pioneered the modern field of the large-scale warts-and-all biography.
Dr. Gordon Turnbull, General Editor of the Yale Boswell Editions, will speak about the story behind the story of one of English literature's greatest books.
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