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The Resource Boswell's presumptuous task : the making of the life of Dr. Johnson, Adam Sisman

Boswell's presumptuous task : the making of the life of Dr. Johnson, Adam Sisman

Label
Boswell's presumptuous task : the making of the life of Dr. Johnson
Title
Boswell's presumptuous task
Title remainder
the making of the life of Dr. Johnson
Statement of responsibility
Adam Sisman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"James Boswell's Life of Johnson is the most celebrated of all biographies, acknowledged as one of the greatest and most entertaining books in the English language. And yet Boswell himself has generally been considered little more than an idiot, tolerated by his friends as an agreeable scatterbrain, regarded by his contemporaries as a man of no judgement whatsoever, and condemned by posterity as a lecher and a drunk. How could such a fool have written such a book?" "This is the story of Boswell's "presumptuous task": his biography of Samuel Johnson. It traces the friendship between Boswell and his great mentor, one of the most unlikely pairings in the history of literature, and provides a fascinating and original account of Boswell's seven-year struggle to write the Life, following Johnson's death in 1784. At the time, Boswell was trying and failing to make his mark in the world, desperate for money, debilitated by drinking, torn between his duties at home as a Scots laird and the lure of London, tormented by rival biographers, often embarrassed, humiliated, or depressed. ("Many a time have I thought of giving it up," he confessed when the work was almost finished.) A dazzling study of the biographer at work, Boswell's Presumptuous Task movingly shows how a man who failed in almost everything else produced a masterpiece."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sisman, Adam
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • facsimiles
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Authors, English
  • Biography as a literary form
  • Boswell, James
  • Johnson, Samuel
Label
Boswell's presumptuous task : the making of the life of Dr. Johnson, Adam Sisman
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published in 2000 by Hamish Hamilton, UK
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [333]-335) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part One: Life lived -- Immaturity -- Forwardness -- Subordination -- Part Two: Life written -- Independence -- Collaboration -- Anger -- Discretion -- Application -- Rivalry -- Bereavement -- Humiliation -- Struggle -- Part Three: Life published -- Despair -- Posterity
Control code
l80000067699
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 351 p.
Isbn
9780374115616
Lccn
lc00067699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., facsim.
Label
Boswell's presumptuous task : the making of the life of Dr. Johnson, Adam Sisman
Publication
Note
Originally published in 2000 by Hamish Hamilton, UK
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [333]-335) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part One: Life lived -- Immaturity -- Forwardness -- Subordination -- Part Two: Life written -- Independence -- Collaboration -- Anger -- Discretion -- Application -- Rivalry -- Bereavement -- Humiliation -- Struggle -- Part Three: Life published -- Despair -- Posterity
Control code
l80000067699
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxii, 351 p.
Isbn
9780374115616
Lccn
lc00067699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., facsim.

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