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  1. says:

    Sir you have but two topics yourself and me I am sick of both Samuel Johnson to James BoswellThe Club is a frame biography But it is certainly than its parts At 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 C

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    Reading about the mid to late eighteenth century often makes me think of Duff Cooper's comment that the wit and conversations then in evidence were such as ‘had never perhaps been heard since certain voices in Athens fell silent

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    “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 if ever been eualed” The Club was started in 1764

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    Really really enjoyed Professor Damrosch's tour and company As a now budding 18C dilletante I say that this is the perfect book to accompany any reading of Boswell's justly celebrated The Life of Samuel Johnson What it isn't though is a thoroughly rigorous or exhaustive exhuming of the careers of the other club m

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    This is 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 it was hard to join Members included Joshua Reynolds Samuel Johns

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    The Club was a group of polymaths who met in an inn once a week in the second half of the 1700s Made up of actors artists intellectuals and writers many of the members were people who remain well known to this day; Johnson Boswell Jos

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    While there is good stuff here my interest flagged about halfway in It's a long time ago and TMI about characters I don't care much about The book is due back and I think I'm doneJoseph Epsein's rave review paywalled Ask if you would like a copyWhat historical era produced the greatest aggregate of human intelligence? Fifth century BC Greece provided Socrates and Plato Pericles and Phidias In 18th century France there w

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    As an avid Johnsonian I was amused by the book but learned very little As has been remarked by others the title is 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 itself

  9. says:

    Following Leo Damrosch's lead I'm going to uote liberally from the subjects of The Club in this review—for al

  10. says:

    A hundred or so years ago when I was in 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

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Summary ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ 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. While there is good stuff here my interest flagged about halfway in It s a long time ago and TMI about characters I don t care much about The book is due back and I think I m doneJoseph Epsein s rave review paywalled Ask if you would like a copyWhat historical era produced the greatest aggregate of human intelligence 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 is wonderful Read it even if you don t read the book

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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 p. 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 if ever been eualed The Club was started in 1764 by the painter Joshua Reynolds and the writer Samuel Johnson Membership was strictly limited Some but not all of the men were or became famous They were reuired to be intelligent and good conversationalists and they met weekly in the Turk s Head Tavern The Club evolved over the years moving to a new locale admitting additional members and finally morphing into the London Literary Society which still exists today But this book covers its early years and primarily focuses on the relationship between Johnson and his friend and biographer James BoswellThe book not only has mini biographies of club members and others in their circle but it places them in the context of events and intellectual debates of the day including religion the arts slavery and imperialism I could have done without the extensive discussion of Boswell s sex life but I enjoyed learning about these men The discussions of David Garrick actor and manager of a theater company and the playwrights Oliver Goldsmith and Richard Brinkley Sheridan were of particular interest to me I had no idea that programs at Covent Garden and Drury Lane lasted for 5 hours The book was thoroughly researched well written and entertaining It made me want to read about some of the characters I also now want to read Evelina by Frances Burney which was described in this book I like it when books lead me to other books I received a free copy of this book from the publisher

Summary ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Leo Damrosch

Ainter 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. This is 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 it was hard to join Members included Joshua Reynolds Samuel Johnson Edmund Burke Adam Smith Edward Gibbon David Garrick and others eventually including James Boswell who wrote the great biography of Johnson The Club began in 1763 and continued into 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 is twofold First it is the story of Johnson and Boswell which is worthwhile on its own although readers who have not done so should read Boswell s bio of Johnson The second focus of the book is to provide briefer lives of the most noteworthy of the initial group members along with some summaries of their critical worksSo the idea is that by looking at the life and works of the key members of the club one gets a better picture of the emerging intellectual life of London in the Georgian Era In this sense the book is similar to The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand 2001 which provided a group biography of a discussion group after the Civil War that included Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr William James and Charles Pierce among others Menand s book was wonderful and won a Pulitzer Damrosch s book is 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 in a number of women associated with club members who also contributed to this rich intellectual life although the club never admitted women Johnson and Boswell are still the stars of this show but the supporting cast is worthwhile The chapters on David Garrick and the London Theatre scene are especially good