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    EBOOK NEW (The Club) Leo Damrosch ç 7 Read Read & Download The Club 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 Jo

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    Leo Damrosch ç 7 Read EBOOK NEW (The Club) 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 two thousand years before’ Cooper was talking about Paris but the line is arg

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    EBOOK NEW (The Club) “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 talen

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    Leo Damrosch ç 7 Read EBOOK NEW (The Club) 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 thor

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    Free download ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ç Leo Damrosch EBOOK NEW (The Club) Leo Damrosch ç 7 Read 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

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    EBOOK NEW (The Club) Leo Damrosch ç 7 Read 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 Joshua Reynolds Oliver Goldsmith Edmund Burke and Adam Smith amongst others I was expecting this book to be about the meetings themselves and what they entailed and discussed during these how

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    Free download ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ç Leo Damrosch Leo Damrosch ç 7 Read Read & Download The Club 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

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    EBOOK NEW (The Club) 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 While I know that the events of club meetings only exist within Boswell’s journals and his Life of Jo

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    Free download ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ç Leo Damrosch EBOOK NEW (The Club) Following Leo Damrosch's lead I'm going to uote liberally from the subjects of The Club in this review—for although his own prose is certainly lively and accessible the real stars are the individuals Damrosch studies like Samuel Johnson James Boswell Edmund Burke Edward Gibbon Adam Smith and others who began meeting and exchanging ideas in London's Turk's Head Tavern back in 1764Although a much changed version of the Club exists even in

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    EBOOK NEW (The Club) Leo Damrosch ç 7 Read Free download ß eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ç Leo Damrosch 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 period so I persisted It didn't hurt that Fussell was a very smart very entertaining instructor Looking back I'd have to say that he planted the seeds of a curiosity about that era that persisted o

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L 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 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 While I know that the events of club meetings only exist within Boswell s ournals and his Life of Johnson the author should have named the book something like Boswell and Johnson an Unlikely Friendship The book did remind me how misunderstood Samuel Johnson is While he was guilty of much verbal condescension and sometimes cruelty at bottom he was a man with a big heart who was largely beloved by the victims of his barbs He was one of the foremost social commentators with his Rambler essays the greatest lexicographer until James Murray and Bryan Garner and a towering intellect His single handed composition of the first real dictionary of the English language with 40000 entries and ten times that many representative uotations was perhaps the greatest act of non scientific scholarship ever completed by a single person Boswell on the other hand was a self important self absorbed narcissistic arrogant drunken whore mongering misogynist who accomplished only a single thing of note in his life recording the words of Samuel Johnson and reproducing them in his biography Boswell liked to pretend he was a gentleman but his treatment of all women including his wife was unforgivable In the end he died the penniless loser that he was I am of course grossly understating the significance and worth of Boswell s Johnson one of the greatest biographies ever written and that could only have been written by an obsessed sycophant like Boswell who took down seemingly every word uttered by the other during their 20 year friendship But that achievement in no way changes my opinion of its author All this said does anyone doubt that Donald Trump would love to have his own BoswellHaving a chance to ruminate a bit on Boswell I was too harsh Yes he was all those things But those things were caused by a combination of his terrible arrogant father Alexander and his mental illnesses almost certainly profound depression and bipolar syndrome Of course Boswell struggled Who among us with his baggage and no modern treatment would not But that does not excuse his treatment of others particularly women 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 Club But this book goes beyond this It is also a history of the age using the members of the club as a lens into England in the mid to late 18th Century And since the membership of the club involved writers poets historians economists artists actors etc it allows Damrosch the ability to peruse the age from multiple perspectives with Johnson and Boswell being the gravity at the center of the book Damrosch also does well to include the important women during this time AND to not sugar coat the poor behavior of many of the men especially Boswell It is a balanced work whose narrative keeps pace with the wit of its subjects I came here after reading Vol X last year of Durant s Story of Civilization Rousseau and Revolution Both do a good ob of surveying many of the important minds of the timeNext up will be larger works by Boswell Johnson Smith Burke etc and bigger biographies of the same Really really will be larger works by Boswell Johnson Smith Burke etc and bigger biographies of the same Really really 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 ustly 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 members Think of this rather as a personable winning urbane and wise set of Very Short Introductions to Burke Gibbon Sheridan Smith and others energetic little electrons orbiting around a nucleus composed of one uniue atom of pious maddeninglywinningly High While there is good stuff here my interest flagged about halfway in It s a long time ago and TMI is good stuff here my interest flagged about halfway in It s a long time ago and TMI 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 oiningI like well crafted reviews Epstein s is wonderful Read it even if you don t read the book 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. 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. Ble to honor the manifold achievements of these men while still censuring their feet and other parts of clay and I think Damrosch does a fine ob of walking that lineI will include one woman s words at least this is Fanny Burney about the noted beauty Elizabeth LinleyHad I been for my sins born of the male race I should certainly have added one to Miss Linley s train p199As The Club begins with Johnson and Boswell so it ends I found this observation from late in Johnson s life especially affectingAs I know of mankind I expect less of them and am ready now to call a man a good man upon easier terms than I was formerly Samuel Johnson p352Although his wit remained savage when warranted this is Johnson from the same era on the forgettable poems of Mark AkensideWhen they are once found to be generally dull all further labour may be spared for to what use can the work be criticized that will not be read p359Or to put it in modern parlance DNFRich multifaceted and dense you will want to finish The Club The dozens of vivid color plates in the middle of the book add luster as well although flipping back and forth between the images and the references to them did get a little distractingI very much need to thank my Goodreads colleague Bronwen for bringing The Club to my attention it s outside my usual range so I might well have missed it while browsing on my own Thanks 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 two thousand years before Cooper was talking about Paris but the line is arguably even applicable to London where Samuel Johnson James Boswell Edward Gibbon David Garrick Joshua Reynolds and Edmund Burke respectively the world s greatest lexicographer biographer historian actor painter and orator would regularly get together in coffee houses to drink prodigious amounts of alcohol and shoot the shit in immaculately weighted epigramsThis book is an entertaining introduction to the period and the milieu what it isn t despite the title is a history of the famous Literary Club itself Positive reviews say that Damrosch goes beyond April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers just the Club but this is a bit like saying that Columbus went beyond India by landing in the Bahamas instead Yes he goes beyond it but he doesn t really go to it There were a few club members I was interested to find out about like the playwright George Colman mentioned once in passing or the Irish separatist Lord Charlemont not mentioned at all There is no new research here on the Club What there is essentially is a narrative retelling of Boswell sournals and his Life of Johnson supplemented with a few short chapter length biographies of key associated names Garrick Burke Adam Smith etc and relevant historical themes a chapter on empire a chapter on religious tensionIf that s what you re looking for this does the ob extremely well Damrosch is particularly good on unpicking those instances where an anecdote in the Life has been sanitised or altered from the way it was originally recorded in Boswell s ournals On these occasions and there are many he does a good ob of making you feel that you re being shown behind the curtain And he does nail the essential contrasts so catalytic for both men between Boswell and JohnsonBoswell was a romantic who fantasized about feudal affection between lords and their dependents Johnson was a hardheaded pragmatist Johnson insisted on reason and self control Boswell revelled in emotional sensibility and seized gratifications whenever he could Johnson aspired to what he called the grandeur of generality and Boswell to specificity and piuant details Johnson crafted language in the carefully assembled building blocks of the periodic style Boswell s style piuant details Johnson crafted language in the carefully assembled building blocks of the periodic style Boswell s style conversational and freeOn the controversies around the French Revolution Damrosch looking at Burke and his allies points outOne can t help reflecting on how nakedly all of these people declared a position which privileged people and their political allies today are careful to disguiseWhich is a good point though he doesn t take it any further and in general presents Burke as brilliantly foresighted He was but he was also uite reactionary In fact all of the club members were firmly conservative in their opinions with the exception of Gibbon on religion Johnson s response to the marriage of Hester Thrale to Gabriel Piozzi is a particularly upsetting example this marriage feels like such a totemic moment of the period to me ust because it seems to crystallise so much about class religion gender and beyond that ust the incomprehensibility of people s reactions in a different age Hester was a smart and spiky Welshwoman who could hold her own with any of the male wits of the day she married an Italian musician who could hold her own with any of the male wits of the day she married an Italian musician because he was Catholic and foreign and because she married him out of physical attraction was shunned by all her friends and family for it Johnson and Fanny Burney both told her having been friends for years that they would no longer speak to herAs an American Damrosch makes a few slightly curious asides about how themes of the day relate to the American Founders and occasionally the British Geopolitical Context Gets The Better context gets the better him he refers to Johnson s trip to France as the only time he ever left England despite writing at length about his ourneys to Scotland and Wales There are also a few minor factual slips such as when he has the Hastings trial end four years early in 1791But in general this is a rich and rewarding distillation of the available primary sources There is no new information here and no new arguments but as an introduction to the people and the time it s one of the best books you could read 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 oin 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 initia. Ainter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to oin 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. 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 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 Joshua Reynolds Oliver Goldsmith Edmund Burke and Adam Smith amongst others I was expecting this book to be about the meetings themselves and what they entailed and discussed during these however rather it was a book of biographies of the members Damrosch takes each club member and provides information on their lives work and idiosyncrasies as well as giving the reader information on the social cultural and political history of the time The book uses a range of sources including the club members ournals work letters uotes and Johnson s own definitions of words within the dictionary he compiled Damrosch has researched well and places the sources events and people themselves into context for the time thus providing an extra layer that biographies often miss out and lead to the misinterpretation of information Further the paintings drawings and cartoons that are peppered throughout the book really help to give the reader a mental picture of both the club members and the historical setting I found this a fascinating read Damrosch is clearly a skilled biographer He is able to present the information in a very readable and clear manner and while the book is fairly long it does not read so While I would have preferred a bit balance between the members of the club there is a large focus on Johnson and Boswell and mentions of Rousseau and Voltaire who were not part of the club take up far page space than many of the members this nevertheless was incredibly insightful A perfect read for people who have knowledge of the club members and want to find out about them or eually know very little but would like to begin researching A book I am sure I will reread Thank you to Net Galley and Yale University Press for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review Following Leo Damrosch s lead I m going to uote liberally from the subjects of The Club in this review for although his own prose is certainly lively and accessible the real stars are the individuals Damrosch studies like Samuel Johnson James Boswell Edmund Burke Edward Gibbon Adam Smith and others who began meeting and exchanging ideas in London s Turk s Head Tavern back in 1764Although a much changed version of the Club exists even in the present day The Club focuses on its first twenty years and most of the best bon mots in the book come from ust one of its founding members Samuel Johnson Possibly this is because his scribe Boswell did his best to record everything Johnson said in his hearing Consider these examples from early in The ClubThere is no doubt that a man may appear very gay in company who is sad at heart His merriment is like the sound of drums and trumpets in a battle to drown the groans of the wounded and dying Samuel Johnson p18and the savage sarcasm ofIf any creditors Johnson says could really be indifferent to the suffering endured by a debtor s prisoner s wife and children I must leave them to be awakened by some other power for I write only to human beings p40Damrosch often uotes from Johnson s own landmark A Dictionary of the English Language as well as his source for contemporary definitions of words whose meanings have shiftedAnd Damrosch is not above inserting his own opinions as well now and thenBoswell always did enjoy the sound of his own voice p267The Club isn t ust about Johnson and Boswell though Take for example the way Damrosch compares the opinions of historian Edward Gibbon and economist Adam Smith in this passageIn the Decline and Fall Gibbon states as a truism Most of the crimes which disturb the internal peace of society are produced by the restraints which the necessary but uneual laws of property have imposed on the appetites of mankind by confining to *A Few The Possession Of * few the possession of objects that are coveted by manyadam smith with whom gibbon developed by manyAdam Smith with whom Gibbon developed friendship said exactly the same thing in a series of lectures on urisprudence Laws and government may be considered as a combination of the rich to oppress the poor and preserve to themselves the ineuality of the goods which would otherwise be soon destroyed by the attacks of the poor who if not hindered by the government would soon reduce the others to an euality with themselves by open violenceRousseau and Marx could not have put it better except that in Smith s opinion this was a very good thing p168However far except that in Smith s opinion this was a very good thing p168However far being an unreflective cheerleader of libertarianism as if there were any other kind Adam Smith he of the invisible hand appears to have considered his notion to be descriptive rather than prescriptiveThe government of an exclusive company of merchants is perhaps the worst of all governments for any country whatever Adam Smith p307The oratory of statesman Edmund Burke receives Damrosch s scrutiny as well as in Burke s conclusion to this speech indicting Warren Hastings the governor general of IndiaI impeach Warren Hastings Esuire of high crimes and misdemeanoursI impeach him in the name of the Commons of Great Britain in parliament assembled whose parliamentary trust he has betrayedI impeach him in the name of all the Commons of Great Britain whose national character he has dishonouredI impeach him in the name of the people of India whose laws rights and liberties he has subverted whose properties he has destroyed whose country he has laid waste and desolateI impeach him in the name and by virtue of those eternal laws of ustice which he has violatedI impeach him in the name of human nature itself which he has cruelly outraged injured and oppressed in both sexes in every age rank situation and condition of life Edmund Burke p309The applicability of these orotund phrases to any modern proceeding is left to the discrimination of the reader although it should perhaps also be noted that the impeachment of Hastings after dragging on for years eventually ended in acuittalDamrosch does what he can to acknowledge the many women who surrounded the men of The Club like Hester Thrale who helped give Johnson a roof and bolstered him against depression although ultimately Damrosch can do little to counteract the bulk of English history a history which after all has been written by the weiners heh confirmed uibbler Edmund Burke might well have liked that pun terrible as it is at least according to Damrosch s accountIt s really tempting to dismiss the Club altogether as a convocation of Dead White Males but I do think it s possi. 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 ousting wits the tender camaraderie to vivid life” New York Times Book Review “Magnificently entertaining” Washington Post In 1763 the .
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