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The Lives of the Poets: Boxed Set (Samuel Johnson Oxford English Texts) (v. 1-4)

Johnson, Samuel

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ISBN 10: 0199278970 / ISBN 13: 9780199278978
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0199278970 Complete 4 Volume Set in slipcase. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt lettering. Books are in excellent condition, text is unmarked and pages are tight. Former owners bookplate inside front covers. N° de réf. du libraire B15438

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Titre : The Lives of the Poets: Boxed Set (Samuel ...

Éditeur : Oxford University Press

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre : Very Good

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...a lasting achievement, certain to stand the test of time. In completeness and density, erudition and knowledge, detail and depth, lucidity and elegance, it it unsurpassed and likely to be unsurpassable fro decades to come, if at all. It goes without saying that it should be on all eighteenth-century scholars' sheleves... (Herman Josef Real Anglia)

Although it is hard to find words of sufficient praise for it, this is a great and classic edition, which will last at least as long as Hills. That is praise indeed. (H.R. Woudhuysen, The New Rambler)

my book of the decade... It is a treaure to have this greatest work of English literary criticism lovingly edited, with illuminating commentaries. (Brian Vickers, Times Literary Supplement)

Roger Lonsdales magnificently managed, beautifully produced four-volume edition of Samuel Johnsons The Lives of the Poets is the first scholarly edition of this major work in over one hundred years. Lonsdale brings fresh editorial work with manuscripts, a book-length introduction at once scholarly and literate, and a wealth of annotation that draws on the last century of scholarship to illuminate both the poets and Johnsons essays on them (fifty two chapters of combative, entertaining, literate writing) in the broad context of the century in which The Lives was written, published, and first read. Lonsdales vital labors reestablish the durable importance of Johnsons great work. (MLA Prize Committee)

It is quite simply a marvelous scholarly performance. Lonsdale had to deal with not easily legible manuscripts, with proofs in various stages, with the errors and inconsistencies of earlier editions.... But his greatest achievement is probably the commentaries on the poems.... When you consider that there were so many poets like Stepney, as well as major poets of whom, though much is known, more is still to be discovered, you might say that Lonsdale's labors have probably been more arduous than Johnson's, and must sometimes have been 'tedious and troublesome.' But the standard of modern Johnson scholarship is high, and these volumes will be regarded by Lonsdale's peers as monuments to a heroic achievement. (Frank Kermode, the New York Review of Books)

The complex financial, editorial, and textual problems of the venture are laid out in splendid detail in the new edition of The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets; With Critical Observations on Their Works edited by Roger Lonsdale. This is the first full scholarly treatment of the work since the 1905 edition of George Birkbeck Hill, long out-of-print and long superseded by more recent scholarship. The price of the set will make prospective buyers feel like victims of 'confiscation's vultures', in Johnson's phrase; and yet, the sumptuous text with its silken ribbon-markers, the superb (and beautifully written) introduction, and the voluminous, and facinating, commentary make it seem almost justified. (Eric Ormsby, New York Sun)

A huge enterprise very ably executed... gives the Lives new life by providing a text that reliably meets current scholarly standards, and notes that incorporate twentieth-century scholarship, (H, J. Jackson, TLS)

The majestic new Oxford edition of Johnson's "Lives of the Poets", edited by the eminent eighteenth-century scholar Roger Lonsdale, testifies to the rarity of what Johnson achieved. . . . This new, four-volume edition of the Lives helps to situate Johnson's work in a broader and deeper eighteenth-century context than ever before, shedding light on every facet of their composition and reception. But those lucky enough to own this expensive edition, or at least to study it in a library, will find that reading Johnson in a twenty-first century context is just as important and fruitful. (New Criterion)

Roger Lonsdale, an authority on the period, has published a tremendous four-volume scholarly text, with very full notes and an introduction which is a book in itself. (James Fenton, The Guardian)

The Lives of the Poets is first rate...[and] attains a level of scholarship of Himalayan proportions. [A] magnifient edition. (Sharp News, Vol. 16, No. 1)

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