Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property

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September 1999



Kevin Hart traces the vast literary legacy and reputation of Samuel Johnson. Through detailed analyses of the biographers and critics who carefully crafted and preserved Johnson's life for posterity, Hart explores the emergence of "The Age of Johnson." Hart argues that James Boswell turned his friend into a monument, a piece of public property. Through subtle analyses of copyright, forgery and heritage in eighteenth-century life Kevin Hart demonstrates how Johnson came to occupy a place at the heart of the English literary canon.


Introduction: economic acts; 1. The monument; 2. 'The age of Johnson'; 3. Property lines; 4. Subordination and exchange; 5. Cultural properties; 6. Everyday life in Johnson; Conclusion: 'property, contract, trade, and profits'.


Review of the hardback: 'Kevin Hart's Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property is a remarkably fresh and original portrait of the strongest western literary critic. Hart precisely shows us both the prudential wisdom and the critical powers of the greatest English sage.' Harold Bloom Review of the hardback: '... this is a well-written, knowledgeable, intelligent and articulate book on Johnson's cultural relations.' The New Rambler
EAN: 9780521651820
ISBN: 0521651824
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1999
Seitenanzahl: 252 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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