The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies and Numerous Works, in Chronological Order; a Series of His Epistolatory Correspondence and Conversations with Many Eminent Persons; and Various Original Pieces of His Composition, Never Before Published: the Whole Exhibiting a View of Literature and Literary Men in Great-Britain, for Near Half a Century During which He Flourished, Volume 1
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... able to preserve his conversation in an authentick and lively manner , which
opinion the Publick has confirmed , was the best encouragement for me 10
persevere in my purpose of producing the whole of my stores . In one respect ,
this Work ...
In one respect , this Work will , in some passages , be different from the former . In
my “ Tour , " I was almost unboundedly open in my communications , and from my
eagerness to display the wonderful fertility and readiness of Johnson's wit ...
... other respects , as it consists of innumerable detached particulars , all which ,
even the most minute , I have spared no pains to ascertain with a scrupulous
authenticity , has occusioned a degree of trouble far beyond that of any other
I have also been extremely careful as to the exactness of my quotations ; holding
that there is a respect due to the publick , which should oblige every Authour to
attend to this , and never to presume to introduce them with , - “ I think I have read
It seems to me , in my moments of self - complacency , that this extensive
biographical work , however inferior in its nature , may in one respect be
assimilated to the ODYSSEY . Amidst a thousand entertaining and instructive
episodes the Hero ...
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