Community and solitude :

new essays on Johnson's circle /
edited by Anthony W. Lee.
Bibliographic Details
Contributors: Lee, Anthony W., editor.
Summary:"Due in no small part to his aversion to solitude, Samuel Johnson's life was situated within a rich social and intellectual community of friendships--and antagonisms. Community and Solitude is a collection of ten essays that explores relationships between Johnson and several of his main contemporaries--including James Boswell, Edmund Burke, Frances Burney, Robert Chambers, Oliver Goldsmith, Bennet Langton, Arthur Murphy, Richard Savage, Anna Seward, and Thomas Warton--and analyzes some of the literary productions emanating from the pressures within those relationships. In their detailed and careful examination of particular works situated within complex social and personal contexts, the essays in this volume offer a 'thick' and illuminating description of Johnson's world that also engages with larger cultural and aesthetic issues, such as intertextuality, literary celebrity, narrative, the nature of criticism, race, slavery, and sensibility. These essays are thoroughly researched and written in a lively and intelligent way; Anthony Lee's Introduction offers a coherent account of the importance of community and solitude in Johnson's intellectual world. The reader will find that world presented by Community and Solitude in engaging, new ways. Contributors: Christopher Catanese, James Caudle, Marilyn Francus, Christine Jackson-Holzberg, Claudia Thomas Kairoff, Elizabeth Lambert, Anthony W. Lee, James E. May, John Radner, and Lance Wilcox"--
Format: Book
Published / Created: Lewisburg, Pennsylvania : Bucknell University Press, [2019]
Series:Transits (Bucknell University)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.

Physical description: ix, 257 pages ; 25 cm.

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