The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
ISBN: 0300251785
EAN13: 9780300251784
Language: English
Pages: 488
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback

The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

Book Overview
Named one of the 10 Best Books of 2019 by the New York Times Book Review Damrosch brings the Club's redoubtable personalities -- the brilliant minds, the jousting wits, the tender camaraderie -- to vivid life... -- The New York Times Book Review In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk's Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell. It was known simply as the Club. In this captivating book, Leo Damrosch 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 is the story of an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age, and our own.