Mrs Piozzi’s Anecdotes with William Shaw’s Memoirs of Dr Johnson

Mrs Piozzi’s Anecdotes with William Shaw’s Memoirs of Dr Johnson

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Two highly personal portraits of Dr Samuel Johnson.

Mrs Piozzi’s Anecdotes with William Shaw’s Memoirs of Dr Johnson

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Brings together the memoirs of the life and writings of the Late Dr. Samuel Johnson by William Shaw and anecdotes of the late Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. during the last twenty years of his life, by Hester Lynch Piozzi. William Shaw (1749-1831), Gaelic scholar and lexicographer, obtained from the daughter of Johnson's godfather important information about Johnson's early life for which there is no other source. For this and other reasons Shaw has been accorded the distinction of being Johnson's 'first actual biographer'. Since Shaw shared Johnson's linguistic and literary interests he concentrates in these Memoirs upon Johnson as author, giving a particularly full account of the Ossian controversy, in which he and Johnson took very active parts.

Hesther Lynch Piozzi (1741 -1821) published her Anecdotes of Dr. Johnson after her second marriage, but it is as Mrs. Thrale that one remembers her in her relationship with Johnson, who thought her 'the first of womankind', and who looked upon Streatham Park as his second home. Johnson enjoyed the Thrales' hospitality for several years and as a consequence they saw him in many moods, in sickness and in health. From 1768 on Mrs. Thrale kept, on Johnson's advice, 'a little Book' where she recorded all the anecdotes and observations which appealed to her. She drew on this wealth of material for her narrative, in which Johnson's voice can be heard in its authentic tone and accents.

The editor of this volume, Dr. Arthur Sherbo, has provided extensive explanatory notes to both texts, pointing out inaccuracies and clarifying hidden references. The reader can therefore enjoy these two highly personal portraits of Johnson while having an objective means of checking the facts.

Hardcover, 201pgs, illustrated, notes, index. Very good, a few marks on jacket, pages lightly tanned. .

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Short Description Two highly personal portraits of Dr Samuel Johnson.
Weight (g) 645.0000
Author Arthur Sherbo, editor
Publisher Oxford University Press
Date Published 1974
ISBN 0192554166
Size 240mm x 162mm

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