The Club by Leo Damrosch audiobook

The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

By Leo Damrosch
Read by Simon Vance

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 03/26/2019

    ISBN: 9781982664329

  • Available on 03/26/2019

    ISBN: 9781982664312

  • Available on 03/26/2019

    ISBN: 9781982664336

Runtime: 15.02 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of “the Club,” a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The Club is a stimulating and delightful work. The portraits of Boswell, Gibbon, and Burke are extraordinary condensations granting us accurate visions of complex personalities. Leo Damrosch has addressed himself to common readers with authentic gusto.” Harold Bloom, New York Times bestselling author
“Delightfully captures the bonds of friendship and competition which joined some of the late eighteenth century’s greatest minds…This effervescent history shines a light on the extraordinary origins of a club which still exists to this day.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Memorable portraits of members of a London club who met weekly to discuss literature, politics, and life…Late-eighteenth-century Britain comes brilliantly alive in a vibrant intellectual history.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Damrosch’s account reminds readers why this circle of creativity continues to fascinate…An excellent introduction to Johnson and his world for the novice and a pleasant retelling for the initiated.” Library Journal
“Leo Damrosch’s book is an extraordinary achievement. A lively and engaging account of the coming together of a group of famously gifted individuals—the Club, a virtual microcosm of the vibrant world of mid-to-late eighteenth-century London.” William C. Dowling, Rutgers University
“Brilliant, lucid, and enjoyable…With perfectly chosen anecdotes, The Club vividly evokes the period.” Norma Clarke, author of Brothers of the Quill
“Damrosch’s glorious study takes us on a brilliantly animated Grand Tour of the whole Johnsonian universe, with its ever-expanding galaxy of stellar personalities…Shrewd, good-natured, and endlessly informative, Damrosch makes a spell-binding guide.” Richard Holmes, author of The Age of Wonder

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Author

Author Bio: Leo Damrosch

Author Bio: Leo Damrosch

Leo Damrosch is the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature Emeritus at Harvard University. His previous works include the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World and Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 15.02
Audience: Adult
Language: English