• A Life of Johnson

  • By: James Boswell
  • Narrated by: Billy Hartman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 26-10-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (3 ratings)

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Scottish Actor, Billy H
Scottish Actor, Billy Hartman brings a genuine authenticity to what has been called one of the greatest biographies in the English language. A Life of Johnson, written by James Boswell, is the intimate and complex look at Samuel Johnson, one of the more important contributors to English literature. With a gravelly vigor, Billy Hartman animates this biography, invoking all the humor and anxiety with which Johnson's life was filled. Along with the detailed look at this beloved writer's life, listeners will enjoy a rich look at 18th-century London life.
artman brings a genuine authenticity to what has been called one of the greatest biographies in the English language. A Life of Johnson, written by James Boswell, is the intimate and complex look at Samuel Johnson, one of the more important contributors to English literature. With a gravelly vigor, Billy Hartman animates this biography, invoking all the humor and anxiety with which Johnson's life was filled. Along with the detailed look at this beloved writer's life, listeners will enjoy a rich look at 18th century London life.
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Summary

Boswell's biography of his friend and hero Samuel Johnson is an acknowledged classic, full of humorous anecdote and rich characterization. Johnson's complex humanity (his depression, fear of death, intellectual brilliance and rough humor) is set within a vivid picture of 18th century London peopled by personalities of the time such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Wilkes, Oliver Goldsmith, and David Garrick.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 14-08-10

Boswell and Johnson incarnate!

The only criticism of this version is that it is abridged. Hartman (a Scot) is massively convincing as both Boswell and Johnson - if ever I get enough money I will sponsor him to do the full version! You will grow to love Johnson as Boswell did and want to read his essays and criticism - if not his drama. Naxos - get him back - I know several other who will be buyers...

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