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This is an essay from the Favorite Essays collection.

Here, in this unusual collection, are some of the greatest essays in Western literature. Witty, informative and imaginative, the topics vary from starvation in Ireland, fine China, the extension of railways in the Lake District, and the tombs in Westminster Abbey. A little like after-dinner monologues, they are passing thoughts expressed as journalism. Neville Jason reads with urbane clarity.

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  • By Chris Booth on September 5, 2016

    Johnson is a bit problematic for the modern reader, I suspect. He was a scholar, he was a critic, he was a lexicographer, he was a novelist, he was an essayist, he was a poet. His straightforward intelligence was rigorously formal, and we are not used to that in our era. We tend to compartmentalize authors, and Johnson would not fit in modern categories. His poetry was formal and intellectual; although he has a relatively small body of work, he was an absolute master. This book is a very good introduction to his work, but I purchased it for its selection of Doctor Johnson's poetry, and I am very glad I did. This is a book to read and return to through a lifetime. Here be depths.

  • By Jonathan Williamson on December 26, 2012

    well worth it just for the fact it contains parts of the hard to find and expensive The Rambler" works. not for the light readers but his thoughs and messages come across quite clear. an astute reader of human nature and social challenges and changes that happened and are happening now. i am a huge english lit nerd,so keep that in mind.

  • By anonymous on December 7, 2012

    This volume is a very thorough collection of Johnson's best works, including essays and sermons, the full text of Rasselas, as well as poetry. It's a great introduction to a man great, not only for his literary mastery, but also for his moral integrity and vigor of mind.

  • By Nayely Arredondo on March 14, 2015

    The book arrived ok and it was not dammaged at all

  • By woody on September 23, 2017

    Good.

  • By Mr. Kevin C. Jones on April 26, 2010

    There are reasons for getting hardback copies of these books - you don't break the spine at your first perusal for a start. And they don't push the page margins and typeface to the point that you need those special glasses and thin thumbs just to read it. These comments apply to this paperback only.As to the content, you will find many of your favourites here, truncated sometimes for no reasons apparent, and mixed with quotidia of interest only to Johnsonian scholars. The Index is a mess, and the Contents Table will have you breaking the spine even more.I would condemn it to Kindle/IPad, except that neither could produce a search engine sophisticated enough to understand the nuance and intelligence behind his simple prattle.

  • By Aran Joseph Canes on May 30, 2017

    This compilation is ideal for the novice reader of Johnson. A wide selection of his writings are included, particularly those which are of interest to the contemporary reader such as the introduction to his dictionary, his introduction to the works of Shakespeare and his novella Rasselas.I particularly enjoyed that Johnson writes like a modern intellectual. Although part of the great tradition of English writers that started in the Elizabethan Renaissance, Johnson seems closer to a Christopher Hitchens than a Butler or a Laud.As other reviewers have noted, this is a selection to read and reread every so often. Every reading is sure to deliver new insights into the human condition.I only wish that more American high schools and colleges would introduce writers like Johnson into their curriculum. Young readers should find him surprisingly interesting and pertinent to modern issues.

  • By drohan00 on August 21, 2012

    I was required to buy this book in college and I love it. As a student of the neo-classical age, I must say Dr. Johnson is the glue that holds the period together. His criticism, providing the first dictionary, and the complete version of Rasselas set this edition apart.For the reader new to the neo-classical, I would highly recommend this book as the primer by which I began my study. What makes it easy is most of the cuttings are relatively short, and the Rambler, Idler and Adventurer articles, while nearly 300 years old, are still applicable in many situations today.Dr. Johnson is a man of all seasons, a man who was of his time, but transcends into the new age as a voice of reason. I would state firmly that the size of this book should not deter the reader, for a small price, one can get all the Johnson one could ever want and then read it at one's own pace. I really recommend this to anyone who has read or attempted to read Boswell's life of Johnson, as this will let you know what came from the horse's mouth so-to-speak.


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