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The Sayings Of Doctor Johnson

Author : Samuel Johnson
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No one is more representative of the eighteenth century than Dr Johnson, a sceptic and a rationalist (though a supporter of religion) whose advice to his friend Boswell was: 'Clear you mind of cant.' Johnson achieved fame with his Dictionary and his edition of Shakespeare, but he lives for us in Boswell's racy Life, judged by many to be the best biography in the English language, which records his conversation over twenty years. This concise collection draws on Boswell's Life and the whole range of Johnson's own writings to present a comprehensive sample of his wit and deepest thoughts on life and books.

The Sayings Of Dr Johnson

Author : Samuel Johnson
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The Sayings Of Samuel Pepys

Author : Samuel Pepys,
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No Englishman has had a greater zest for life, a more delighted vitality, than Samuel Pepys. Avid for pleasure, he was no less passionate for efficiency. Enjoying beauty in all its forms, he was also a man of insatiable intellectual curiosity, President of the Royal Society, friend and patron of scholars. Never bored, he is never boring. Nothing was beneath his notice and nothing above it. His Diary brings the whole age of Charles II before us as no other text does.

The Sayings Of Disraeli

Author : Benjamin Disraeli,
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Disraeli was one of the least orthodox of Prime Ministers. He was an adventurer who fought his way to 'the top of the greasy pole' in a blaze of controversy, and became Queen Victoria's favourite statesman. He was a novelist and a wit as well as a politician. He was a brilliant orator. Like Byron he was both a romantic and a cynic. His aphorisms have become part of the discourse of political life. This collection is based on his novels, letters and speeches. He was never dull, but he was fundamentally serious behind the firework display, and he had a lasting influence on the course of party history.

The Sayings Of Charlotte Bronte

Author : Charlotte Bronte
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Charlotte Bronte's novels, dealing with governesses, schools, Belgium and Yorkshire, are popularly supposed to be based on her life, for she was a governess in Yorkshire and a teacher and pupil in Belgium. There is a strange gap, however, between the fierce passion of the novels and the sad drabness of her life, brightened by the startling success of Jane Eyre , but almost immediately darkened by the deaths of her brother and two sisters. This collection of Sayings, taken from her letters, poems and novels, is designed to reflect these contrasts.

The Sayings Of James Joyce

Author : James Joyce
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Although he spent his adult life on the Continent, James Joyce was a quintessentially Irish writer. Many critics have expended a great deal of energy in their attempts to analyse his work, and he continues to delight the reader with his imaginative word-play, his extraordinary ear for language, his sense of comedy and his exceptionally vivid powers of invention. This fascinating collection of his sayings, drawn mostly from his novels and short stories, will both delight his devotees and inspire those less familiar with his work.

The Sayings Of William Wordsworth

Author : William Wordsworth
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William Wordsworth was one of the greatest English poets. He was also one of the most philosophical, with a unique capacity to 'think into the human heart'. The sayings in this collection illustrate the remarkable range of this tough-minded romantic, who not only wrote some of the most sublimely beautiful lines in the English language but was an unusual combination of revolutionary and realist, as well as profound humanitarian.

The Sayings Of Lewis Carroll

Author : Carroll Lewis
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With the 'Alice' books the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (alias Lewis Carroll) produced two of the most popular children's books of all time - and the ones most widely quoted by adults. Only he could have written them, for only he combined professional expertise in philosophy and mathematics with rare humour and love of children. The Sayings in this volume illustrate both the sublime, joyous wit and the serious side of one of the great Victorian eccentrics.

The Sayings Of Thomas Hardy

Author : Thomas Hardy
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Thomas Hardy was equally eminent as a novelist and a poet and thus holds a unique place in English literature. Both a great romantic and a profound pessimist, he revealed his tragic view of human life in works of total, and sometimes devastating, emotional honesty. The Sayings in this collection reveal the full range of the thoughts and feelings of this very human and very humane figure, who will always be one of our best-loved writers.

The Sayings Of John Keats

Author : John Keats
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John Keats, a true son of the English Romantic Movement, was an idealist to whom concepts such as Truth, Beauty and Imagination were both real and important. Since he believed that such insights had to be 'proved upon the pulses', he set out to explore and test the meaning of this for himself - a process that we can trace in his poems and letters. His writings are accompanied by an awareness that his time as a writer might be short, lending intensity and poignancy to his poetry; his letters reveal an engaging personality, full of humour and enjoyment of life.

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