A collection of 3 small format hardcover editions , issued as part of the Oxford World's Classics series - as follows
Lives of the Poets, Volume I - ( with an introduction by Arthur Waugh)
Lives of the Poets Volume II
('If a man is to write A Panegyrick, he may keep vices out of sight; but if he professes to write A Life, he must represent it really as it was.'
In the last of his major writings, Samuel Johnson looked back over the previous two centuries of English Literature in order to describe the personalities as well as the achievements of the leading English poets. The major Lives - of Milton, Dryden, Swift, and Pope - are memorable cameos of the life of writing in which Johnson is as attentive to human frailty as to literary prowess. The shorter Lives preserve some of Johnson's most piercing, critical judgements.
Unsentimental, opinionated, and quotable, The Lives of the Poets continues to influence the reputations of the writers concerned. It is one of the greatest works of English criticism, but also one of the most humanly diverting)
Selections from Samuel Johnson, edited by R.W Chapman
Specimens of his poems , moral essays, philisophy, humour and observations, sermons, letters and much more, all from his diverse literary output.
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784), was an English writer who made lasting contributions to literature as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer. escribes Johnson as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is the subject of James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, described as "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature".