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BOSWELL, J.: Life of Samuel Johnson (The) (Unabridged)

    

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BOSWELL, J.: Life of Samuel Johnson (The) (Unabridged)

Charming, vibrant, witty and edifying, The Life of Samuel Johnson is a work of great obsession and boundless reverence. The literary critic Samuel Johnson was 54 when he first encountered Boswell; the friendship that developed spawned one of the greatest biographies in the history of world literature. The book is full of humorous anecdote and rich characterisation, and paints a vivid picture of 18th-century London, peopled by prominent personalities of the time such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Wilkes, Oliver Goldsmith and David Garrick, while also giving a compelling insight into Johnson’s complex humanity—his depression, fear of death, intellectual brilliance and rough humour.



Disc 1

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   To write the life of him who excelled all mankind in writing … 00:09:47
2.   What I consider is the peculiar value of the following work … 00:08:20
3.   Samuel Johnson was born at Lichfield, in Staffordshire … 00:11:40
4.   Young Johnson had the misfortune to be much afflicted … 00:10:11
5.   He discovered a great ambition to excel … 00:09:18
6.   Translation of part of the Dialogue between Hector … 00:10:34
7.   In estimating the progress of his mind during these two years … 00:10:57


Disc 2

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   But let not little men triumph upon knowing … 00:10:38
2.   No man had a more ardent love of literature … 00:09:45
3.   Johnson was so far fortunate … 00:11:27
4.   This being the first prose work of Johnson … 00:12:09
5.   His juvenile attachments to the fair sex were, however … 00:11:43
6.   While Johnson kept his academy … 00:08:33
7.   At this period we find the following letter from him … 00:08:39


Disc 3

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   He now removed to London with Mrs. Johnson … 00:10:10
2.   But what first displayed his transcendent powers … 00:11:53
3.   Johnson's London was published in May, 1738 … 00:10:08
4.   About this time he made one other effort … 00:11:31
5.   In 1739, beside the assistance which he gave … 00:11:23
6.   In 1740 he wrote for the Gentleman's Magazine … 00:08:57
7.   In 1742 he wrote for the Gentleman's Magazine … 00:08:02


Disc 4

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   His writings in the Gentlemen's Magazine in 1743 … 00:12:24
2.   In February 1744, it accordingly came forth … 00:09:55
3.   That Lady Macclesfield was convicted of the crime … 00:12:30
4.   But the year 1747 is distinguished as the epoch … 00:10:08
5.   While the Dictionary was going forward … 00:10:03
6.   Dr. Adams was present the first night of the representation … 00:09:06
7.   Posterity will be astonished when they are told … 00:09:39


Disc 5

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   As the Rambler was entirely the work of one man … 00:09:37
2.   To point out the numerous subjects which the Rambler … 00:11:49
3.   Sir Thomas Brown, whose life Johnson wrote … 00:10:45
4.   In 1751 we are to consider him as carrying on … 00:09:49
5.   The state of mind in which a man must be … 00:10:45
6.   Many are no doubt omitted in this catalogue of his friends … 00:11:28
7.   He entered upon the year 1753 with his usual piety … 00:09:22


Disc 6

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Lord Chesterfield, to whom Johnson had paid … 00:11:55
2.   That Lord Chesterfield must have been mortified... 00:11:56
3.   In the course of this visit (1754), Johnson and I walked … 00:09:40
4.   In 1755 we behold him to great advantage … 00:10:09
5.   In one of his little memorandum - books … 00:09:34
6.   To the Reverend Mr. Thomas Warton. 00:11:02
7.   His introducing his own opinions, and even prejudices … 00:08:02


Disc 7

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Johnson this year gave at once a proof of his benevolence … 00:11:22
2.   It is worthy of remark, injustice to Johnson's political … 00:10:06
3.   This year Mr. William Payne … 00:11:06
4.   In 1758 we find him, it should seem, in as easy and pleasant … 00:10:36
5.   But in this number of his Idler his spirits seem to run riot … 00:10:19
6.   Notwithstanding my high admiration of Raselas … 00:07:10
7.   His negro servant, Francis Barber, having left him … 00:10:32


Disc 8

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   In 1761 Johnson appears to have done little. 00:14:02
2.   In 1762 he wrote for the Reverend Dr. Kennedy … 00:11:42
3.   To the same. Dec. 21, 1762 00:11:15
4.   This year his friend Joshua Reynolds paid a visit … 00:09:44
5.   I have dwelt the longer upon this remarkable instance … 00:12:15
6.   A few days aftewards I called on Davies … 00:14:57


Disc 9

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Here let it be observed … 00:10:08
2.   When I talked to him of the paternal estate to which … 00:09:58
3.   Mrs. Piozzi and Sir John Hawkins have strangely … 00:10:33
4.   On Wednesday, July 6, he was engaged to sup with me … 00:10:52
5.   Talking of those who denied the truth of Christianity … 00:11:13
6.   Mr. Levet this day showed me Dr. Johnson's library … 00:10:24
7.   Mr. Dempster having endeavoured to maintain … 00:09:17


Disc 10

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   He again insisted on the duty of maintaining … 00:10:13
2.   The conversation then took a philosophical turn. 00:10:42
3.   We walked in the evening in Greenwich Park. 00:09:59
4.   He talked of Mr. Blacklock's poetry … 00:10:08
5.   Utrecht seeming as first very dull to me … 00:11:00
6.   Soon after his return to London, which was in February … 00:11:46
7.   He was for some time in the summer at Easton Maudit … 00:09:42


Disc 11

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Mr. Thrale had married Miss Hesther Lynch Salusbury … 00:08:39
2.   Both in 1764 and 1765 it should seem that he was … 00:11:16
3.   Dr. Johnson was very kind this evening … 00:11:10
4.   After I had been some time in Scotland … 00:11:55
5.   It appears from his diary … 00:12:09
6.   Mr. Cuthbert Shaw, alike distinguished by his genius … 00:09:00
7.   His Majesty then asked him what he thought of Lord … 00:09:02


Disc 12

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   We have the following notice in his devotional record … 00:09:59
2.   He expatiated on the advantages of Oxford for learning. 00:11:01
3.   Upon his arrival in London in May … 00:09:43
4.   In 1769, so far as I can discover … 00:09:57
5.   Talking of a London life, he said … 00:13:28
6.   He honoured me with his company at dinner on the 16th October … 00:09:56
7.   Politics being mentioned, he said … 00:09:04


Disc 13

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Next day, October 20, he appeared, for the only time … 00:13:02
2.   I had hired a Bohemian as my servant … 00:09:43
3.   Next morning I sent him a note … 00:10:31
4.   Of this year I have obtained the following letters … 00:09:49
5.   But let us view him in some instances of more familiar life … 00:10:19
6.   He was much affected by the death of his mother … 00:10:06
7.   To find a substitution for violated morality … 00:09:32


Disc 14

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Mr. Strahan, the printer, who had been long in intimacy … 00:11:06
2.   In 1772 he was altogether quiescent as an author … 00:11:46
3.   We drank tea with Mrs. Williams … 00:10:19
4.   After he had read for some time … 00:10:51
5.   I again visited him at night. 00:10:14
6.   We talked of the proper use of riches. 00:10:25
7.   I spoke of the inequality of the livings of the clergy … 00:08:09


Disc 15

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   On Thursday, April 9, I called on him to beg … 00:09:42
2.   On Saturday, April 11, he appointed me to come to him … 00:10:22
3.   Mr. Langton told us he was about to establish a school … 00:11:37
4.   On Saturday, May 9, Mr. Dempster and I had agreed to dine … 00:11:10
5.   To make a penal law reasonable and just … 00:10:13
6.   To James Boswell, Esq. Dear Sir … 00:10:07
7.   On the 9th April, being Good Friday, I breakfasted with him … 00:11:09


Disc 16

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   On Thursday, April 15, I dined with him and Dr Goldsmith … 00:10:59
2.   On Monday, April 19, he called on me with Mrs Williams … 00:11:45
3.   On Thursday, April 29, I dined with him … 00:10:43
4.   Johnson praised John Bunyan highly. 00:11:44
5.   Having thus shown that the right of patronage … 00:09:42
6.   He repeated an argument, which is to be found … 00:10:17
7.   During this argument, Goldsmith sat in restless agitation … 00:08:41


Disc 17

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   To the Reverend Mr. Bagshaw, at Bromley. 00:09:40
2.   In a letter from Edinburgh, dated the 29th May … 00:11:41
3.   His humane forgiving disposition was put … 00:13:52
4.   Mr. Boswell to Dr. Johnson. Edinburgh, May 12, 1774. 00:09:58
5.   Mr. Boswell to Dr. Johnson. Edinburgh, Sept. 16, 1774. 00:09:50
6.   To James Boswell, Esq. Dear Sir… 00:10:28
7.   To Dr. Lawrence. Footnote … 00:07:50


Disc 18

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   His Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland … 00:10:41
2.   My much valued friend Dr. Barnard, now Bishop of Killaloe … 00:10:13
3.   Of this performance I avoided to talk with him … 00:09:30
4.   On Friday, March 24, I met him at the Literary Club … 00:12:45
5.   Next day I dined with Johnson at Mr. Thrale's. 00:11:37
6.   Next day, Sunday, April 2, I dined with at Mr. Hoole's. 00:08:26
7.   On Thursday, April 6, I dined with him at Mr. Thomas Davies's … 00:09:38


Disc 19

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Friday, April 7, I dined with him at a tavern … 00:10:33
2.   On Friday, April 14, being Good - Friday … 00:11:37
3.   On Sunday, April 16, being Easter - day … 00:09:56
4.   The Beggar's Opera, and the common question … 00:12:01
5.   A few days afterwards I consulted him upon a cause … 00:10:04
6.   To James Boswell, Esq. Dear Sir - I am now returned … 00:09:46
7.   To James Boswell Esq. Dear Sir - I am glad that the young … 00:09:44


Disc 20

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Oct. 14. Saturday. We went to the house of. … 00:10:28
2.   Oct. 23. Monday. Last night I wrote to Levet … 00:09:57
3.   Nov. 2. Thursday. We came this day to Chantilly … 00:10:46
4.   In the course of this year Dr. Burney informs me … 00:11:54
5.   My opposition was very displeasing to my father … 00:10:12
6.   This letter, which had considerable influence upon my mind … 00:09:15
7.   I wrote to Dr. Johnson on the 20th February … 00:10:58


Disc 21

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   He seemed very happy in the near prospect … 00:09:35
2.   We got into a boat to cross over to Blackfriars … 00:10:51
3.   Gwyn was a fine lively rattling fellow. 00:10:12
4.   He then carried me to visit Dr. Bentham … 00:10:44
5.   In the afternoon we were driven rapidly along … 00:10:42
6.   Dr. Johnson said to me in the morning … 00:10:43
7.   We went and viewed the museum of Mr. Richard Green … 00:10:43


Disc 22

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   After dinner Dr. Johnson wrote a letter to Mrs Thrale … 00:10:43
2.   Having left Ashbourne in the evening, we stopped … 00:09:56
3.   On Sunday, March 31, I called on him … 00:11:38
4.   I mentioned Mr. Maclaurin's uneasiness … 00:09:36
5.   Volumes would be required to contain a list … 00:09:31
6.   On Wednesday, April 10, I dined with him at Mr. Thrale's … 00:11:05
7.   A journey to Italy was still in his thoughts. 00:08:47


Disc 23

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Johnson and I supt this evening at the Crown and Anchor … 00:09:54
2.   A literary lady of large fortune was mentioned … 00:09:44
3.   No man was a more attentive and nice observer … 00:10:17
4.   If we enquire into the practice of the primitive church … 00:09:38
5.   When I read this to Mr. Burke … 00:10:48
6.   When we entered Mr. Dilly's drawing - room … 00:11:25
7.   Mr. Arthur Lee mentioned some Scotch … 00:09:45


Disc 24

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Sir William Forbes writes to me thus … 00:13:09
2.   Mr. Boswell to Dr. Johnson. Edinburgh, August 30, 1776. 00:10:47
3.   In 1777, it appears from his Prayers and Meditations … 00:11:02
4.   To James Boswell Esq. Dear Sir - It is so long since I heard … 00:12:11
5.   To those who delight in tracing the progress … 00:11:04
6.   A circumstance which could not fail to be very pleasing … 00:09:27
7.   On the 23rd June, I again wrote to Dr. Johnson … 00:06:43


Disc 25

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   To the same. Dear Sir - This gentleman is a great … 00:11:50
2.   Dr Johnson to Mrs. Boswell. Madam - Though I am well enough … 00:12:45
3.   To James Boswell Esq. Dear Sir - I write to be left … 00:10:07
4.   He this evening, as he had obligingly promised … 00:09:56
5.   It has been confidently circulated … 00:10:21
6.   In the evening, the Reverend Mr. Seward, of Lichfield … 00:09:41
7.   Thursday, September 18. Last night Dr. Johnson … 00:08:34


Disc 26

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   When we arrived at Derby … 00:12:16
2.   As we drove back to Ashbourne … 00:09:50
3.   On Saturday, September 20, after breakfast … 00:10:17
4.   I have no doubt that a good many sermons were composed … 00:10:20
5.   Mr. Burke's 'Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol … 00:11:22
6.   I complained of a wretched changefulness … 00:11:03
7.   I talked to him of misery being 'the doom of man … 00:08:21


Disc 27

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   I record Dr. Johnson's argument fairly … 00:09:44
2.   To James Boswell, Esq. Dear Sir - You will wonder … 00:10:38
3.   To James Boswell, Esq. Dear Sir - To a letter so interesting … 00:09:58
4.   We retired from Mrs. Williams to another room. 00:09:50
5.   In his review of Dr. Warton's 'Essay on the Writings … 00:10:12
6.   Boswell. Well now, let us take the common phrase … 00:10:34
7.   Thrale's carriage not having come for him … 00:11:26


Disc 28

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   I looked into Lord Kames's Sketches of the History of Man … 00:11:15
2.   We talked of living in the country. 00:12:41
3.   On Friday, April 10, I found Johnson at home … 00:11:23
4.   He talked of Mr. Charles Fox … 00:12:31
5.   I could not help thinking that this was too high praise … 00:10:03
6.   We talked of the styles of different painters … 00:08:08
7.   At Mr. Dilly's today were Mrs. Knowles … 00:08:24


Disc 29

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Dr. Mayo having asked Johnson's opinion … 00:10:20
2.   Somebody mentioned the Reveerend Mr. Mason's prosecution … 00:10:24
3.   I expressed some inclination to publish an account … 00:11:19
4.   Mr. Edwards mentioned a gentleman who had left … 00:10:46
5.   We went to St. Clement's church again in the afternoon … 00:10:17
6.   Mrs. Cholmondeley, in a high flow of spirits … 00:09:25
7.   On Tuesday, April 28, he was engaged to dine … 00:10:26


Disc 30

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   I mentioned a nobleman who I believed … 00:09:50
2.   Dr. Robertson expatiated on the character … 00:10:06
3.   Mr. Langton having repeated the anecdote of Addison … 00:12:12
4.   I mentioned a reflection having been thrown out … 00:11:49
5.   I stayed all this day with him at Streatham. 00:12:19
6.   I wrote to him on the 25th May, from Thorpe … 00:08:51
7.   In the course of this year there was a difference … 00:08:44


Disc 31

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   About this time Mr. John Hussey … 00:10:29
2.   During my stay in London, this spring … 00:09:38
3.   On Thursday, April 8, I dined with him at Mr. Allan Ramsay's … 00:11:56
4.   A celebrated wit being mentioned, he said … 00:09:47
5.   I did not write to Johnson, as usual, upon my return … 00:09:44
6.   On Sunday, October 10, we dined together at Mr. Strahan's. 00:09:58
7.   I mentioned to him a dispute between a friend of mine … 00:09:45


Disc 32

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   I left London on Monday, October 18 … 00:11:27
2.   To James Boswell, Esq. Dear Sir - Your last letter … 00:10:08
3.   Mrs. Thrale being now at Bath with her husband … 00:10:58
4.   On Wednesday I walked with Dr. Scot to look at Newgate … 00:11:03
5.   To James Boswell, Esq. Dear Sir - I find you have taken … 00:10:29
6.   Mr. Thrale had now another contest for the representation … 00:09:51
7.   Having asked Mr. Langton … 00:09:04


Disc 33

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Dr. Goldsmith, upon occasion of Mrs. Lennox's … 00:09:44
2.   It is evident enough that no one who writes now … 00:11:39
3.   Johnson one day gave high praise to Dr. Bentley's verses … 00:10:28
4.   On occasion of Dr. Johnson's publishing his pamphlet … 00:09:47
5.   It is remarked by Johnson, in considering the works … 00:10:27
6.   In drawing Dryden's character, Johnson has given … 00:11:34
7.   In the Life of Addison we find an unpleasing account … 00:09:56


Disc 34

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   In the Life of Lyttelton, Johnson seems to have been … 00:12:23
2.   I have not confined myself to the order of the Lives … 00:11:41
3.   To the same. Sir - Being informed that by the departure … 00:09:44
4.   Johnson's profound reverence for the Hierarchy … 00:11:23
5.   On Sunday, April 1, I dined with him at Mr. Thrale's … 00:10:55
6.   On Saturday, April 7, I dined with him at Mr. Hoole's … 00:08:12
7.   Dr. Scott left us, and soon afterwards we went to dinner. 00:08:03


Disc 35

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   The general effect of this day dwells upon my mind … 00:09:56
2.   He gave us an entertaining account of Bet Flinty … 00:10:25
3.   Johnson could not brook appearing to be worsted in argument … 00:09:46
4.   On Saturday, June 2, I set out for Scotland … 00:10:05
5.   The opinion of a learned Bishop of our acquaintance … 00:09:55
6.   It has been said that the Scottish nation … 00:11:32
7.   The following curious anecdote I insert … 00:10:35


Disc 36

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   To Mrs. Strahan. Dear Madam - Mrs. Williams showed me … 00:10:37
2.   To Mr. Hector, in Birmingham. Dear Sir - I hope I do not … 00:12:40
3.   On the 30th of August, I informed him that my honoured father … 00:10:38
4.   He met Mr. Philip Metcalfe often at Sir Joshua Reynold's … 00:11:07
5.   It has been observed and wondered at, that Mr. Charles Fox … 00:09:48
6.   There was in this discourse much novelty … 00:08:36
7.   It is remarkable, that notwithstanding their congeniality … 00:08:51


Disc 37

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Yet, though Johnson had this habit in company … 00:10:32
2.   Johnson was at a certain period of his life … 00:10:26
3.   On Thursday, April 10, I introduced to him … 00:07:35
4.   On April 18 (being Good Friday), I found him … 00:11:27
5.   Time passed on in conversation till it was too late … 00:10:15
6.   To one of Johnson's wonderful fertility of mind … 00:12:18
7.   On Saturday, May 17, I saw him for a short time. 00:10:49


Disc 38

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Two days after he wrote thus to Mrs. Thrale … 00:10:51
2.   I shall here insert a few particulars concerning him … 00:10:50
3.   I wrote to him begging to know the state of his health … 00:10:58
4.   I consulted him on two questions … 00:09:58
5.   Notwithstanding the complication of disorders … 00:10:10
6.   To James Boswell, Esq. Dear Sir - I hear of many inquiries … 00:11:18
7.   I wrote to him, March 28, from York … 00:09:06


Disc 39

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   To the Reverend Dr. Taylor, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. 00:12:05
2.   On Sunday, May 16, I found him alone … 00:09:59
3.   On Thursday, June 3, the Oxford post - coach took us … 00:10:29
4.   After dinner, when one of us talked of there being … 00:09:58
5.   We were well entertained and very happy … 00:08:53
6.   On Sunday, June 13, our philosopher was calm at breakfast. 00:08:53
7.   During our visit at Oxford, the following conversation passed … 00:12:55


Disc 40

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   Mr. Burke uniformly showed Johnson the greatest respect … 00:10:18
2.   It has been supposed that Dr. Johnson … 00:10:41
3.   On Sunday, June 27, I found him rather better. 00:10:15
4.   On Wednesday, June 30, the friendly confidential dinner … 00:09:52
5.   I have had occasion several times, in the course of this work … 00:10:25
6.   By a letter from Sir Joshua Reynolds … 00:10:55
7.   July 31 - Not recollecting that Dr. Heberden might be … 00:11:04


Disc 41

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   October 6 - The fate of the balloon I do not much lament … 00:10:41
2.   To Mr. Windham: August - The tenderness with which you have … 00:10:16
3.   To Mr. John Nichols: Lichfield, Oct. 20 - When you were here … 00:08:38
4.   To Mr. Henry White, a young clergyman … 00:10:58
5.   Feeling very soon, that the manner in which he had written … 00:10:02
6.   Poetry and works of Imagination. 00:11:52
7.   Mr. Colman, in his 'Prose on several Occasions' … 00:11:30


Disc 42

  The Life of Samuel Johnson (Unabridged)
1.   My readers are now at last to behold Samuel Johnson … 00:10:31
2.   About eight or ten days before his death … 00:10:21
3.   Upon these testamentary deeds it is proper to make … 00:10:10
4.   When talking of a regular edition of his own works … 00:10:59
5.   As he opened a note which his servant brought to him … 00:08:47
6.   A few days before his death he had asked … 00:08:57
7.   The character of Samuel Johnson has, I trust … 00:09:47

Total Playing Time: 51:02:32






Author(s):
Boswell, James

Reader(s):
Timson, David

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Biographies

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: NA0294

Barcode: 9781781981023

Physical Release: 02/2018

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