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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 1   By: (1709-1784)

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The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 1 is a collection of essays and articles showcasing the brilliant mind and wit of Samuel Johnson. Known for his critical thinking and scathing critique of society, Johnson's work offers deep insights into various topics ranging from politics to literature.

The essays in this volume are well-written and thought-provoking, making it a captivating read for those interested in 18th-century literature and philosophy. Johnson's unique voice and perspective shine through in each piece, making for a truly engaging reading experience.

Overall, The Works of Samuel Johnson, Volume 1 is a timeless collection that offers a glimpse into the mind of one of the most influential writers of his time. Whether you are a fan of Johnson's work or simply looking for thought-provoking essays to read, this volume is a must-have for any literary enthusiast.

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It may be asserted, without a partial panegyric of the object of our praise, that the works of no single author in the wide range of British literature, not excepting, perhaps, even Addison, contain a richer and more varied fund of rational entertainment and sound instruction than those of Dr. Johnson. A correct edition of his works must, therefore, be an acceptable contribution to the mass of national literature. That the present edition has, perhaps, fairer claims on public approbation than most preceding ones, we feel ourselves justified in asserting, without envious detraction of those who have gone before us. It has been our wish and diligent endeavour to give as accurate a text as possible, to which we have subjoined notes, where elucidation seemed to be required. They have been collected with care, and will prove our impartiality by their occasional censures of the faults and failings of the writer whose works it is our office to illustrate, and our more common and more grateful task to praise. Though, being diffused over a wide space, they appear less numerous than they really are, it has been our incessant care to abstain from that method of redundant annotation, which tends to display the ingenuity or mental resources of an editor, much more than to illustrate the original writer... Continue reading book >>

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