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BOSWELL, J.: Life of Johnson (A) (Abridged)


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BOSWELL, J.: Life of Johnson (A) (Abridged)

Boswell’s biography of his friend and hero Samuel Johnson is an acknowledged classic, full of humorous anecdote and rich characterisation. Johnson’s complex humanity (his depression, fear of death, intellectual brilliance and rough humour) is set within a vivid picture of eighteenth-century London, peopled by personalities of the time such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Wilkes, Oliver Goldsmith and David Garrick.

Disc 1

  A Life of Johnson
1.   Dr Johnson’s birth and background 00:04:09
2.   Dr Johnson – the student 00:08:49
3.   The move to London 00:06:07
4.   The death of his wife 00:05:42
5.   Publication of the Dictionary 00:04:53
6.   My first meeting with Dr Johnson 00:09:41
7.   With Dr Johnson and Dr Goldsmith 00:04:13
8.   ‘Pity is not natural to man’ 00:06:54
9.   ‘Jean Bull philosophe’ 00:06:32
10.   1764 - The Literary Club 00:06:25
11.   1765 – With the Thrale family 00:07:02
12.   ‘Smile with the wise and feed with the rich’ 00:08:47

Disc 2

  A Life of Johnson
1.   Hope and experience 00:08:39
2.   Johnson’s personal courage 00:08:21
3.   A capital tavern 00:05:23
4.   Dr Johnson’s compassion 00:05:51
5.   Dr Johnson meets John Wilkes 00:10:24
6.   Bons mots from the Johnsonian garden 00:04:47
7.   More dialogues 00:07:29
8.   Lives of the Poets 00:05:34
9.   1783 - aged 74 00:05:43
10.   The last year 00:04:41
11.   The death of Dr Johnson 00:09:26

Total Playing Time: 02:35:32

Boswell, James

Hartman, Billy

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Biographies

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: NA237012

Barcode: 9789626343708

Physical Release: 01/2006

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