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Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage by Richard Holmes

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In this outstanding, eminently readable work of literary scholarship, Holmes explores the enigmatic friendship between Samuel Johnson and the poet Richard Savage, whom Johnson memorialized in Lives of the Poets. Synthesizing a wide array of contradictory historical sources, from Johnson’s Life of Savage to Boswell’s Life of Johnson, the correspondence of Johnson’s contemporaries and modern scholarship, Holmes shows that Savage was a notorious and alluring figure when Johnson first arrived in London in 1737. . . . 
“Holmes enlivens his study with keen insights into the art of biography and evocative glimpses into the professional literary industry of 18th-century London: its oppositional politics, literary journals and Grub Street coffee houses bustling with impoverished writers.”—Publishers Weekly
“In the course of explaining how and why Johnson told his story as he did, Holmes provides a fairly full biography of Savage, the first book-length study since Clarence Tracy’s The Artificial Bastard (1953). Holmes’ book . . . is at once learned and a pleasure to read.”—Library Journal

ISBN: 0679757708

Rating: 4.9/5

Votes: 274

Format: odf, lit, fb2, ibooks, mobi, cb7, azf

ISBN13: 978-0679757702

Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (April 30, 1996)

Language: English

Subcategory: Poetry

Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage
Literature & Fiction
Author: Richard Holmes
Title: Dr. Johnson & Mr. Savage