The Club : Johnson, Boswell, and the friends who shaped an age / Leo Damrosch.
- New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 
vi, 473 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 25 cm
- Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784.
Boswell, James, 1740-1795.
Authors -- Biography.
Societies -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century.
Intellectuals -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
England -- London.
- "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"--Dust jacket.
Johnson before Boswell : the years of struggle
Johnson before Boswell : fame at last
Boswell before Johnson : setting out for the wide world
Boswell before Johnson : the search for self
The fateful meeting
The Club is born
Sir Joshua Reynolds
The spirit of mirth
A new life at Streatham
Boswell in Scotland
Among the farthest Hebrides
The widening river
Infidels and believers
Johnson nearing the end
Boswell on the downhill slope
Appendix : members of the Club in its first twenty years.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-443) and index.
- Local notes:
- Athenaeum copy: Beardwood Fund bookplate.
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