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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... wit and wisdom which this Work contains , was not a particular selection from
his general conversation , but was merely his occasional talk at such times as I
had the good fortune to be in his company ; und , without doubt , if his discourse
... their hands to be reposited in my archives at Auchinleck . An honourable and
reverend friend speaking of the favourable reception of my volumes , even in the
circles of fashion and elegance , said you have made them all talk Johnson .
And other ancient authours have the same phrase , nearly in the same sense . ”
Of one thing I am certain , that considering how highly the small portion which we
have of the table - talk and other anecdotes of our celebrated writers is valued ...
They seldom conversed ; for my father could not bear to talk of his affairs ; and my
mother , being unacquainted with books , cared not to talk of any thing else . Had
my mother been more literate , they had been better companions . She might ...
... of facts , and such authority may there be for errour ; for he assured me , that
his father made the verses , and wished to pass them for his child's . He added , “
my father was a foolish old man ; that is to say , foolish in talking of his children .
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