Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property (Hardback)
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Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property (Hardback)

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Hardback 252 Pages / Published: 28/09/1999
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Kevin Hart traces the vast literary legacy and reputation of Samuel Johnson. Through detailed analyses of the biographers, critics and epigones who carefully crafted and preserved Johnson's life for posterity, Hart explores the emergence of what came to be called 'The Age of Johnson'. Hart shows how late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Britain experienced the emergence and consolidation of a rich and diverse culture of property. In dedicating himself to Johnson's death, Hart argues, James Boswell turned his friend into a monument, a piece of public property. Through subtle analyses of copyright, forgery and heritage in eighteenth-century life, this study traces the emergence of competing forms of cultural property: a Hanoverian politics of property engages a Jacobite politics of land. Kevin Hart places Samuel Johnson within this rich cultural context, demonstrating how Johnson came to occupy a place at the heart of the English literary canon.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521651820
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'Kevin Hart's Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property is a remarkably fresh and original portrait of the strongest western literary critic. Hart precisely shows us both the prudential wisdom and the critical powers of the greatest English sage.' Harold Bloom
Review of the hardback: '... this is a well-written, knowledgeable, intelligent and articulate book on Johnson's cultural relations.' The New Rambler
"Kevin Hart's Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property presents Johnson against the background of sweeping changes in the status of property as these were reflected in the British law and culture of his time. The terrain he covers merits our attention." British and American Literature
"The book has many interesting things to say..." J.T. Lynch, Choice
"Kevin Hart's Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property is a remarkably fresh and original portrait of the strongest western literary critic. Hart precisely shows us both the prudential wisdom and the critical powers of the greatest English sage." Harold Bloom
"...the book is most valuable in its creative examination of the institution of Johnson studies. Let me encourage you to follow Johnson's example and to feel no obligation to read Samuel Johnson and the Culture of Property through. Read the first three chapters; they offer the best of Mr. Hart's work, and his best is very good indeed." SJSSC Newsletter
"...an insightful intervention within the debates ofone of the most venerable institutions of English studies..." Studies in English Literature

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