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Community and Solitude: New Essays on Johnson’s Circle
edited by Anthony W. Lee
contributions by Christopher Catanese, John Radner, Christine Jackson-Holzberg, James J. Caudle, James E May, Marilyn Francus, Lance Wilcox, Elizabeth Lambert and Claudia Thomas Kairoff
Bucknell University Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-1-68448-023-4 | Paper: 978-1-68448-022-7 | eISBN: 978-1-68448-026-5
Library of Congress Classification PR3533.C66 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 828.609

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Samuel Johnson’s life was situated within a rich social and intellectual community of friendships—and antagonisms. Community and Solitude is a collection of ten essays that
explores relationships between Johnson and several of his main contemporaries—including James Boswell, Edmund Burke, Frances Burney, Robert Chambers, Oliver Goldsmith, Bennet Langton, Arthur Murphy, Richard Savage, Anna Seward, and Thomas Warton—and analyzes some of the literary productions emanating from the pressures within those relationships. In their detailed and careful examination of particular works situated within complex social and personal contexts, the essays in this volume offer a “thick” and illuminating description of Johnson’s world that also engages with larger cultural and aesthetic issues, such as intertextuality, literary celebrity, narrative, the nature of criticism, race, slavery, and sensibility.

Contributors: Christopher Catanese, James Caudle, Marilyn Francus, Christine Jackson-Holzberg, Claudia Thomas Kairoff, Elizabeth Lambert, Anthony W. Lee, James E. May, John Radner, and Lance Wilcox.

Published by Bucknell University Press. Distributed worldwide by Rutgers University Press.
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