Johnson on Savage

The Life of Mr Richard Savage by Samuel Johnson
Product Number: WEB14369
Released: 28 Jan, 2010
Business Term: OBOU 26 Circs
ISBN: #9780007362837
Publisher: HarperPress
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Lives that Never Grow Old Part of a radical series –edited by Richard Holmes – that recovers the great classical tradition of English biography. Johnson's book is a biographical masterpiece, still thrilling to read and vividly alive. When he first came to London, young Samuel Johnson was befriended by the flamboyant poet, playwright and blackmailer, Richard Savage. Walking the backstreets at night, he learned Savage's extraordinary story – supposedly persecuted by a ‘cruel mother', sentenced to death for a murder in a brothel, appointed Volunteer Poet Laureate to the Queen, and finally broken and outcast. With this moving and intimate account, Johnson created a brilliant black comedy of 18th-century Grub Street which revolutionised English biography by its psychological realism. Yet Savage's destructive charm and delusions of grandeur sometimes even threatened to entangle Johnson himself.

Author(s): Samuel Johnson
Original Publish Date: 28 Jan, 2010

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