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  1. says:

    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 Reyn

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    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

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    “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 ta

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    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 thoroughly rigorous or exhaustive exhuming of the careers of the other club m

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    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

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    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

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    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 you would like a copyWhat historical era produced the greatest aggregate of human intel

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    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

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    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 ver

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    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

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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 jousting wits the tender camaraderie to vivid life” New York Times Book Review “Magnificently entertaining” Washington Post In 1763 the p 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 job 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

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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 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 just 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 just 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 those objects that are coveted by manyAdam Smith with whom Gibbon developed a friendship said exactly the same thing in a series of lectures on jurisprudence 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 from 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 justice 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 possible 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 job 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

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Ainter 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 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 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 Church Tory Johnsonium ever fixedly fused to one thankfully one and only bawdy egoistic atom of Boswellia There is so much to approve of and forgive in each of their lives to recount here but Damrosch s lively and erudite narrative serves as a steadying corrective to Boswell s book in places though I am only just past half way through that agreeable highly readable beast and would also give the casual reader many of the high points of that book without its attendant longueurs tho those are the whole point reallyEdit I forgot to mention one other thing I really liked and one I didn t the author is very good at bringing the women in Johnson s life into the mix as Boswell pretty much leaves them out especially Johnson s guide star Mrs Thrale who had little patience for Boswell s many personal failings So that was really good I was hoping to get much on Oliver Goldsmith though and he doesn t even rate his own chapter which is a shame as Johnson esteeemed him highly and from what little I have read about him here and in LoJ he seems a very interesting character Not for the specialist then and like Grace Jones sez it s not perfect but it s perfect for me so much so that I shall read the good professor s books on Swift and Rousseau very very soon