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The ClubBiography Boswell liked to pretend he was a gentleman but his treatment of all women US Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam including his wife was unforgivable In the end he died the penniless loser that he was I am of course grossly understating the significance and worth of Boswell s Johnson one of the greatest biographies ever written and that could only have been written by an obsessed sycophant like Boswell who took down seemingly every word uttered by the other during their 20 year friendship But that achievementn no way changes my opinion of Harry's Bar: The Life Times of the Legendary Venice Landmark its author All this said does anyone doubt that Donald Trump would love to have his own BoswellHaving a chance to ruminate a bit on Boswell I was too harsh Yes he was all those things But those things were caused by a combination of his terrible arrogant father Alexander and his mentalllnesses almost certainly profound depression and bipolar syndrome Of course Boswell struggled Who among us with his baggage and no modern treatment would not But that does not excuse his treatment of others particularly women Sir you have but two topics yourself and me I am sick of both Samuel Johnson to James BoswellThe Club Traces in the Desert: Journeys of Discovery across Central Asia is a frame biography Butt わたしに××しなさい! 3 [Watashi ni xx Shinasai! 3] is certainly thants parts At German at a Glance: Phrase Book Dictionary for Travelers its core Damrosch nails together small biographies of Johnson Boswell Joshua Reynolds Edmund Burke David Garrick Adam Smith Edward Gibbons and other minor charactersmembers of the Club But this book goes beyond this Its also a history of the age using the members of the club as a lens Blühende Heide into Englandn the mid to late 18th Century And since the membership of the club Alchemy and Arcana: an Urban Fantasy Novella Collection involved writers poets historians economists artists actors etct allows Damrosch the ability to peruse the age from multiple perspectives with Johnson and Boswell being the gravity at the center of the book Damrosch also does well to Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath include themportant women during this time AND to not sugar coat the poor behavior of many of the men especially Boswell It s a balanced work whose narrative keeps pace with the wit of ts subjects I came here after reading Vol X last year of Durant s Story of Civilization Rousseau and Revolution Both do a good job of surveying many of the George V's Children important minds of the timeNext up will be larger works by Boswell Johnson Smith Burke etc and bigger biographies of the same Really really enjoyed Professor Damrosch s tour and company As a now budding 18C dilletante I say that thiss the perfect book to accompany any reading of Boswell s justly celebrated The Life of Samuel Johnson What t sn t though s a thoroughly rigorous or exhaustive exhuming of the careers of the other club members Think of this rather as a personable winning urbane and wise set of Very Short Introductions to Burke Gibbon Sheridan Smith and others energetic little electrons orbiting around a nucleus composed of one uniue atom of pious maddeninglywinningly High Church Tory Johnsonium ever fixedly fused to one thankfully one and only bawdy egoistic atom of Boswellia There s so much to approve of and forgive Brotherhood of Thieves: The Wardens in each of their lives to recount here but Damrosch s lively and erudite narrative serves as a steadying corrective to Boswell s bookn places though I am only just past half way through that agreeable highly readable beast and would also give the casual reader many of the high points of that book without How to Become an It Architect its attendant longueurs tho those are the whole point reallyEdit I forgot to mention one other thing I really liked and one I didn t the authors very good at bringing the women Shaking Behind the Microphone: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking in Johnson s lifento the mix as Boswell pretty much leaves them out especially Johnson s guide star Mrs Thrale who had little patience for Boswell s many personal failings So that was really good I was hoping to get much ON OLIVER GOLDSMITH THOUGH AND HE DOESN T EVEN Oliver Goldsmith though and he doesn t even his own chapter which Lamikorda is a shame as Johnson esteeemed him highly and from what little I have read about him here andn LoJ he seems a very Garou Saga: Who's Who Werewolves interesting character Not for the specialist then and like Grace Jones sezt s not perfect but t s perfect for me so much so that I shall read the good professor s books on Swift and Rousseau very very soon While there s good stuff here my nterest flagged about halfway n It s a long time ago and TMI about characters I don t care much about The book Complete Guide to the TOPIK (advanced) is due back and I think I m doneJoseph Epsein s rave review paywalled Askf you would like a copyWhat historical era produced the greatest aggregate of human ntelligence Fifth century BC Greece provided Socrates and Plato Pericles and Phidias In 18th century France there were the philosophes among them D Alembert Diderot Voltaire Helv tius The founding generation of the republic Jefferson Madison Hamilton and Adams would be America s entry My own choice would be for middle and late 18th century London where Samuel Johnson Edmund Burke Edward Gibbon Joshua Reynolds Oliver Goldsmith James Boswell David Garrick Charles James Fox Adam Smith David Hume and Richard Brinsley Sheridan walked the streets These men knew one another well and with the exception of Hume belonged to the same club which met on Friday evenings at the Turk s Head Tavern at 9 Gerrard Street off the Strand Here was a club that even Groucho Marx who claimed he wouldn t care to belong to any club that would accept him as a member could not have resisted joiningI like well crafted reviews Epstein s s wonderful Read You Come to Yokum it evenf you don t read the book A hundred or so years ago when I was n grad school I took a course on seventeenth century literature the so called Age of Johnson I found the reading onerous but the professor Paul Fussell was one of the most renowned scholars of the period so I persisted It didn t hurt that Fussell was a very smart very entertaining nstructor Looking back I d have to say that he planted the seeds of a curiosity about that era that persisted over the years Which Zbogom, dragi Krleža is what prompted me to read this book And damnedf I m not grateful for Firesoul itWriting a sales pitch for a book like thiss a daunting challenge What could possibly be tedious than a bunch of musty old 17th century Brits talking

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Literature and and such Fair point I guess but that ain t THIS book This book Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage is actually a pleasure to read Damroschs the perfect guide to the subject He s an entertaining storyteller who knows his stuff calls out pedantry when he sees You Are the Rain its freuently uite funny and helpfully takes that extra momen. Ainter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they Cycle Style invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk’s Head Tavernn London to dine drink and talk until midnight Eventually the group came to Artscroll Children's Siddur include amongts members Edmund Burke Adam Smith Edward Gibbon and James Boswell It was known simply as “the Club”     In this captivating book Leo Damrosch. T to explain what a particular word or phrase meant then as opposed to what t means now And best of all he presents the times and the personalities n the most lively engaging and generous mannerThe Club was the name given to and by the luminaries who regularly got together to talk drink debate eat and drink A lot Over the years Iron Cross its membersncluded Samuel Johnson his biographer James Boswell David Hume Edmund Burke Joshua Reynolds Adam Smith Edward Gibbons Oliver Goldsmith David Garrick and numerous others For many modern readers I know these names might be at least somewhat familiar but seeing them listed Zachary's Virgin in this fashions not going to be much of a draw But Damrosch brings them their times and the many faces of London society to splendid life And he does so with a light touch and a playful glint Pfaueninsel in his narrative eyef I mayAs he follows these men around Damrosch shows us what was happening n the streets stores and estates around them We get a glimpse of crime and punishment n those days the awful spectacle of public hangings that were designed to be long drawn out executions and that attracted large crowds eager for entertainment We see the ubiuity of prostitution and the eagerness and freuency with which Boswell and the other Great Men made use of their services with of course the expected STDs and robberies that were also common parts of the transaction So common was this kind of thing Damrosch tells us that many wives of the period and of that class fully expected the husbands to nteract with prostitutesDamrosch shows us the pernicious effects of class at the time Heirs to fortunes were often merciless n their competition for nheritances House support staff maids servants cooks etc were the single largest occupation n London and ts environs and evidently the most nvisible because they never seem to rise to the attention of the Great Men Class and status were present everywhere n society Damrosch shares comments made by Hester Thrale a wealthy woman who allowed Samuel Johnson to live on her estate about the shy young novelist Fanny Burney She s a graceful looking girl but tis the grace of an actress not a woman of fashion how should t be The Burneys are I believe a very low race of mortals Feel free to curl your lip n disdain and hear Time Capsule in yourmagination the posh tones Hot Under the Collar in which these words might have been uttered Was Burney aware of this dismissal It s not known but she did manage to reciprocate sometime later After writing several sentences about Thrale s witntelligence and ability to entertain Burney observed Her manners were flaunting her voice was loud and she had no peace and allowed none to others but Horses in the display of her talents Damrosch also captures the benighted state of medicine at the time Doctors could do next to nothing to treat disease Damrosch tells of a 4 year old child suffering from an earnfection made worse by a case of the measles Trying to cure the child her parents had her seen by several physicians one after another The treatments began with sarsaparilla tea and went from there through blistering purgation and leeches The child died Indeed the child mortality rate was horrifying at all levels of societyBoswell and Johnson enjoy most of the attention unsurprisingly and we are granted fascinating glimpses estimable and otherwise Goblin King into their humanity Both were subject to severe bouts of depression Boswell once described his mood as a room where somebody has by accident snuffed out the candles and held morbid fears ofnsanity Johnson was nearly blind The Luthier's Apprentice in one eye and suffered throughout his life from numerous uncontrollable tics both physical and verbal Boswell had a higher estimation of himself than he deserved he wrote and published an anonymous rave review of one of his own books but he was generally a good companion and a gifted raconteur of stories And dear lord he seemed to be perpetually priapic Hisnteraction with prostitutes and occasionally women of his own class were so numerous as to beggar belief One can only gasp at the freuency with which he must have undergone whatever treatments were popular then for venerealdiseases arsenic and mercury were two of them one wonders about their efficacy Boswell wasn t shy about writing of his sexual exploits Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California in his journals and later scholars found plentiful evidence of pages being torn out by relatives after his death That notwithstanding when the first volume of an edition of his journals was publishedn 1951 t stayed at the top of the New York Times bestseller list for months and was a very popular Book of the Month Club selection for those of my readers here who are old enough to know what that was Late n his life Boswell commissioned a portrait of himself by his friend Joshua Reynolds for which he ended up paying only half the fee Years later his heirs were so ashamed of Boswell s self depiction Villa Mendl: Leben und Schicksal der Ankerbrot-Erbin Bettina Mendl in the Life of Johnson that they banished the portrait to the attic His great granddaughter eventually broughtt back downstairs so visitors could take that they banished the portrait to the attic His great granddaughter eventually brought t back downstairs so visitors could take
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it with pistol It s Schlechter Sex 2 in a museum now I assumet s been repaired though I suppose New Jewish Voices: Plays Produced by the Jewish Repertory Theatre it s possible that her guests were terrible shotsThiss already far too long so I ll dispense with narration and list some of the things that struck me n reading The Club The brilliant men who participated n those evenings drank limitless bottles of wine and ate meals of many many courses Unsurprisingly many suffered from gout and than a few were morbidly obese I have no notion of health for a man whose mouth cannot be sewed up one woman wrote of her husband Heart attacks and strokes were uite common among them and their peersEdmund Burke s words about mpeachment and government resonate today as do David Hume s observations about religion Hear the verbal protestations of all men nothing so certain as their religious tenets Examine their lives you will scarcely think that they repose the smallest confidence n them And of course there are the examples of Johnson s acerbic wit As he famously wrote reading Paradise Lost was a duty rather than a pleasure Milton s epic long the bane of students everywhere was one of the books which the reader admires and lays down and forgets to take up again None ever wished Sword and Sorceress 24 it longer thant s The same can t be said of The Club at least not for me I would that t had gone a hundred pages. Brings alive a brilliant competitive and eccentric cast of characters With the friendship of the “odd couple” Samuel Johnson and James Boswell at the heart of his narrative Damrosch conjures up the precarious exciting and often brutal world of late eighteenth‑century Britain This s the story of an extraordinary group of people whose deas helped to shape their age and our own. They were great talkers because they knew and did so much and many of them rose to accomplishments of the highest order No fewer than seven Johnson Burke Reynolds Garrick Gibbon Adam Smith and Boswell made up a constellation of talent that has rarely The Riptide Ultra-Glide if ever been eualed The Club was startedn 1764 by the painter Joshua Reynolds and the writer Samuel Johnson Membership was strictly limited Some but not all of The Club was a group of polymaths who met Die Sanduhr in annn once a week Mardi Gras in the second half of the 1700s Made up of actors artistsntellectuals and writers many of the members were people who remain well known to this day Johnson Boswell Joshua Reynolds Oliver Goldsmith Edmund Burke and Adam Smith amongst others I was expecting this book to be about the meetings themselves and what they entailed and discussed during these however rather Ghetto it was a book of biographies of the members Damrosch takes each club member and providesnformation on their lives work and diosyncrasies as well as giving the reader nformation on the social cultural and political history of the time The book uses a range of sources ncluding the club members journals work letters uotes and Johnson s own definitions of words within the dictionary he compiled Damrosch has researched well and places the sources events and people themselves nto context for the time thus providing an extra layer that biographies often miss out and lead to the misinterpretation of That Yankee Cat: The Maine Coon information Further the paintings drawings and cartoons that are peppered throughout the book really help to give the reader a mental picture of both the club members and the historical setting I found this a fascinating read Damroschs clearly a skilled biographer He s able to present the nformation Ghost Stories of Washington in a very readable and clear manner and while the books fairly long American Espionage and the Soviet Target it does not read so While I would have preferred a bit balance between the members of the club theres a large focus on Johnson and Boswell and mentions of Rousseau and Voltaire who were not part of the club take up far page space than many of the members this nevertheless was Luxuspreissetzung in Der Theorie Und Implikationen F�r Die Praxis incrediblynsightful A perfect read for people who have knowledge of the club members and want to find out about them or eually know very little but would like to begin researching A book I am sure I will reread Thank you to Net Galley and Yale University Press for sending me an ARC n exchange for an honest review Following Leo Damrosch s lead I m going to uote liberally from the subjects of The Club n this review for although his own prose s certainly lively and accessible the real stars are the ndividuals Damrosch studies like Samuel Johnson James Boswell Edmund Burk Reading about the mid to late eighteenth century often makes me think of Duff Cooper s comment that the wit and conversations then The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives in evidence were such as had never perhaps been heard since certain voicesn This s a history of one of the original London clubs that developed as a place where the emerging bourgeois professional and literary class of London could gather for food drink fellowship and talking lots of talking The club members were self selected and t was hard to join Members Die vier Jahreszeiten included Joshua Reynolds Samuel Johnson Edmund Burke Adam Smith Edward Gibbon David Garrick and others eventuallyncluding James Boswell who wrote the great biography of Johnson The Club began Mituri, rituri, simboluri în societatea contemporană in 1763 and continuednto the 20th century as the London Literary Society One gets a good sense of what discussions at the club were like due to some example provided by the copious note taking of Boswell The heart of the story however Kyoko Karasuma Bd. 5 is twofold Firstt s the story of Johnson and Boswell which s worthwhile on ts although readers who have not done so should read Boswell s bio of Johnson The second focus of book s to provide briefer lives of the most noteworthy of the Poetic Machinations: Allegory, Surrealism, and Postmodern Poetic Form initial group members along with some summaries of their critical worksSo thedea In the Shadow of Empires is that by looking at the life and works of the key members of the club one gets a better picture of the emergingntellectual life of London n the Georgian Era In this sense the book s similar to The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand 2001 which provided a group biography of a discussion group after the Civil War that The 101 Dalmatians included Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr William James and Charles Pierce among others Menand s book was wonderful and won a Pulitzer Damrosch s books also superb and he has an astonishing cast of characters with which to work The club as a vehicle for discussing all the participants works sufficiently to tell a good story The major players are outstanding In addition Damrosch also works From Pocahontas to Power Suits: Everything You Need to Know about Women's History in America in a number of women associated with club members who also contributed to this richntellectual life although the club never admitted women Johnson and Boswell are still the stars of this show but the supporting cast The Story of the Orchestra is worthwhile The chapters on David Garrick and the London Theatre scene are especially good As an avid Johnsonian I was amused by the book but learned very little As has been remarked by others the titles misnamed The book focused entirely on the relationship between Boswell and Johnson touching on some of the early members of Johnson s conversational club here and there The book had almost nothing to do with the club tself While I know that "the events of club meetings only exist within Boswell s journals and his Life of Johnson the author should " events of club meetings only exist within Boswell s journals and his Life of Johnson the author should named the book something like Boswell and Johnson an Unlikely Friendship The book did remind me how misunderstood Samuel Johnson s While he was guilty of much verbal condescension and sometimes cruelty at bottom he was a man with a big heart who was largely beloved by the victims of his barbs He was one of the foremost social commentators with his Rambler essays the greatest lexicographer until James Murray and Bryan Garner and a towering ntellect His single handed composition of the first real dictionary of the English language Garner and a towering ntellect His single handed composition of the first real dictionary of the English language 40000 entries and ten times that many representative uotations was perhaps the greatest act of non scientific scholarship ever completed by a single person Boswell on the other hand was a self mportant self absorbed narcissistic arrogant drunken whore mongering misogynist who accomplished only a single thing of note n his life recording the words of Samuel Johnson and reproducing them n his. Named one of the 10 Best Books of 2019 by the  New York Times Book Review  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 •  A  Kirkus Best Book of 2019  “Damrosch brings the Club’s redoubtable personalities the brilliant minds the jousting wits the tender camaraderie to vivid life” New York Times Book Review “Magnificently entertaining” Washington Post In 1763 the ,