Lives of the Poets
Establishing the centrality of a dialectical method in the Lives of the Poets,
this study links the rise of biography--as well as Johnson's interest in the form
--to the shift in epistemology brought about by empiricism. In the new patterns
of thought of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, biography--the estimation
of a life through the sifting of historical evidence -- was the most philo-
sophical of endeavors, and Johnson its greatest practitioner.
"The most rewarding study of of the Lives of the Poets that I have seen to date."
--Mark Temmer, The Year's Work in English Studies 69 (1988): 364.
1988 University of Georgia Press
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