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Editorial Reviews

Having basically written the dictionary, Samuel Johnson is one interesting thinker. Here, Neville Jason has collected two of Johnson's best essays: "Solitude Not Eligible" and "Good Humor". In the former, Johnson argues that a lonely life makes poor sense. In the second, he praises the will to please; good humor, he explains, is the "balm of being". In his smooth and deep voice, Jason handles highbrow vocabulary with ease. Still, the outdated syntax proves trying at times. Perhaps let the illustrious words wash over you once and then give this production a second listen to get to its meat.
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Publisher's Summary

This is an essay from the Favorite Essays collection.
Here, in this unusual collection, are some of the greatest essays in Western literature. Witty, informative and imaginative, the topics vary from starvation in Ireland, fine China, the extension of railways in the Lake District, and the tombs in Westminster Abbey. A little like after-dinner monologues, they are passing thoughts expressed as journalism. Neville Jason reads with urbane clarity.
©2009 Naxos Audiobooks (P)2009 Naxos Audiobooks
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By K. Wiens on 10-10-16

Master of the English Language

A compilation essays composed by the man who created the Dictionary of the English Language all later English dictionaries are patterned after. His style of writing is challenging. He is quick witted, a top notch moralist and moralist.

He lived most of the eighteenth century. He will make anyone ponder long after putting the volume down the subjects he has covered.

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By C. E. Scurr on 12-13-16

Refreshing

A refreshing change from modern tendencies to strive for becoming bigger, better, brighter, faster, funnier, first.

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