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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
  • Follows James Boswell's seven-year struggle to chronicle the life of his friend and mentor, Dr. Samuel Johnson, and examines his efforts to become well-respected in the literary community despite his reputation as a drunk and a lecher
  • "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
Dewey number
  • 828/.609
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3533.B7
LC item number
S57 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Boswell, James
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Authors, English
  • Biography as a literary form
Label
Boswell's presumptuous task : the making of the life of Dr. Johnson, Adam Sisman
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Penguin, 2000
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [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
45556161
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xxii, 351 pages
Isbn
9780374115616
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
00067699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)45556161
Label
Boswell's presumptuous task : the making of the life of Dr. Johnson, Adam Sisman
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Penguin, 2000
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [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
45556161
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
xxii, 351 pages
Isbn
9780374115616
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
00067699
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)45556161

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