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James Boswell

(1740—1795) lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson

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Allan Ramsay

Allan Ramsay  

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(1684–1758)Scottish poet, born in Leadhills, Lanarkshire, who came to Edinburgh where he spent most of his life. He was a wig-maker, then a bookseller, and an important figure in ...
Anna Seward

Anna Seward  

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(1747–1809) British poet and authorElegy on Captain Cook (1780) PoetryMonody on Major André (1781) MiscellaneousLouisa (1784) PoetryLlangollen Vale, with Other Poems (1796) PoetryOriginal Sonnets on ...
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biography  

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A narrative history of the life of some person; or the practice of writing such works. Most biographies provide an account of the life of a notable individual from birth to death, or in the case of ...
cave

cave  

A large, natural, underground hollow, usually with a horizontal opening. Karst caves result from solution and corrosion; see Miller (2006) GSA Special Paper 404.
chapbook

chapbook  

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The name given since the 19th century to a kind of small, cheaply printed book or pamphlet hawked by chapmen (i.e. pedlars) from the 16th century to the early 19th century, and containing ballads, ...
Charles Churchill

Charles Churchill  

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(1732–64),curate at St John's, Westminster, was oppressed by poverty until the publication of The Rosciad and The Apology (both 1761), which brought him fame and fortune. He increasingly abandoned ...
Club

Club  

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Was an informal group founded by Dr Johnson at the suggestion of Joshua Reynolds in the winter of 1763–4. The nine original members included Goldsmith and Burke; those elected later included Percy, ...
Deserted Village

Deserted Village  

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A poem by Goldsmith, published 1770, in which he evokes the idyllic pastoral life of Auburn, ‘loveliest village of the plain’, in its days of prosperous peace, now over; the poet laments the growth ...
diaries

diaries  

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Deriving from forms of the Latin words dies (‘day’) and diaria (‘daily allowance’), the term ‘diary’ generally denotes a manuscript book in which the writer keeps, or sets out to ...
Edmond Malone

Edmond Malone  

(1741–1812),literary critic and Shakespearian scholar, published in 1778 his An Attempt to Ascertain the Order in Which the Plays Attributed to Shakespeare Were Written, and edited the works of ...
Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon  

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(1737–94) [Bi]British politician and historian whose chief academic work focused on the history of Rome. His most famous publication, Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, appeared between 1776 and ...
Everyman's Library

Everyman's Library  

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A series of reprints of the world's masterpieces in literature, and some original reference works, founded in 1906 by publisher Joseph Malaby Dent (1849–1926) and first edited by Ernest Rhys ...
G. B. Hill

G. B. Hill  

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 (1835–1903) English scholar.Compelled by illness to abandon his career in school teaching, Hill turned to literary scholarship, first editing Boswell’s correspondence and Tour to Corsica, and then ...
Geoffrey Scott

Geoffrey Scott  

(1883–1929),poet and biographer. His interest in architectural theory was confirmed by his friendship with Berenson, and culminated in his study The Architecture of Humanism (1914). Scott's ...
George Keith Marischal, 10th Earl

George Keith Marischal, 10th Earl  

(c. 1693–1778).Marischal succeeded to the earldom in 1712. The title carried with it the hereditary marshalship of Scotland. In 1715 he joined in the earl of Mar's rising on behalf of the pretender, ...
Good-Natur'd Man

Good-Natur'd Man  

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A comedy by Goldsmith, produced 1768.It describes the testing and education of the open‐hearted and open‐handed young Honey‐wood, who suffers from excessive generosity, and is cured by the experience ...
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grand Tour  

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An extensive Continental journey, chiefly through France, the Netherlands, and above all Italy, sometimes in the company of a tutor, to complete the education of an aristocrat or gentleman (a few ...
Hannah More

Hannah More  

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(1745–1833),an eminent member of the Blue Stocking Circle. She published in 1773 The Search for Happiness, a pastoral play for schools, and came to London in 1774, where she became a friend of ...
Hester Thrale

Hester Thrale  

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Hester Lynch Salusbury Thrale Piozzi (1741–1821), known to her time as “Mrs. Thrale,” was born in Wales to a good family with few resources. When she and her mother moved ...
History of Tom Jones

History of Tom Jones  

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A novel by H. Fielding, published 1749, consisting of 18 ‘books’, each preceded by an introductory chapter in the nature of an essay on some theme more or less connected with the story, in the manner ...

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