Эта книга — репринт оригинального издания (издательство "London", 1890 год), созданный на основе электронной копии высокого разрешения, которую очистили и обработали вручную, сохранив структуру и орфографию оригинального издания. Редкие, забытые и малоизвестные книги, изданные с петровских времен до наших дней, вновь доступны в виде печатных книг.London and the vanity of human wishes.With notes, historical & biographical, a glossary.
Dr Samuel Johnson's literary works are full of variety and interest. They include biographies, essays, political pamphlets, as well as a number of significant poems, a body of literary criticism remarkable for its range and shrewdness, a famous dictionary, and an edition of Shakespeare's plays. Throughout his life, Johnson suffered from strong feelings of guilt and a very real fear of insanity. These feelings had a strong influence on his writings, forcing him to communicate, to "remind" his readers of their limitations and weaknesses. Yet he also had an abiding sense of the dignity and importance of human aspirations. In a profound way, he recognized that "the proper study of mankind is man", and his own works bear witness to his genuine and fundamental humanity. The author shows that Johnson's real strength as a writer derives from this humanity, from his ability to feel enormous compassion at the same time as he grapples with the central problems of human existence. John Hardy makes a detailed interpretation of all of Johnson's major works, devoting particular attention to the connection between Samuel Johnson's deeply spiritual nature and impressive intelligence as a writer.