Selected Essays of Samuel Johnson cover

Selected Essays of Samuel Johnson

Stuart Johnson Reid (1848-1927)

1. Bibliographical Introduction, part 1
2. Biographical Introduction, part 2
3. The Necessity and Danger of Looking into Futurity. Writers Naturally Sanguine. Their Hopes Liable to Disappointment
4. An Allegory on Criticism
5. The Modern Form of Romances Preferable to the Ancient. The Necessity of Characters Morally Good
6. The Folly of Anger. The Misery of a Peevish Old Age
7. The Difference Between an Author's Writings and his Conversation
8. The Dangers and Miseries of Literary Eminence
9. The Anxieties of Literature not Less than Those of Publick Stations. The Inequality of Authors' Writings
10. An Allegory on Wit and Learning
11. The Contrariety of Criticism. The Vanity of Objection. An Author Obliged to Depend upon his own Judgment
12. The Various Arts of Self-Delusion
13. The Difficulty of Giving Advice Without Offending
14. The Proper Means of Regulating Sorrow
15. A Virtuous Old Age Always Reverenced
16. The Desire of Wealth Moderated by Philosophy
17. The Dignity and Usefulness of Biography
18. Inconstancy Always a Weakness
19. The Requisites to True Friendship
20. The Garden of Hope - A Dream
21. Every Man Chiefly Happy or Miserable at Home. The Opinions of Servants not to be Despised
22. The Necessity of Good Humor
23. The Learned Seldom Despised but when they Deserve Contempt
24. The Reasons Why Advice is Generally Ineffectual
25. The Luxury of Vain Imagination
26. The Voyage of Life
27. Life Sufficient to All Purposes if well Employed
28. The Advantages of Living in a Garret
29. Diligence too Soon Relaxed. Necessity of Perseverance
30. The Necessity of Literary Courage
31. The Criterions of Plagiarism
32. The Usefulness of Advice. The Danger of Habits. The Necessity of Reviewing Life
33. The Revelations of a Garret
34. Labour Necessary to Excellence
35. Directions to Authors Attacked by Criticks. The Various Degrees of Critical Perspicacity
36. Many Advantages not to be Enjoyed Together
37. The Prohibition of Revenge Justifiable by Reason. The Meanness of Regulating our Conduct by the Opinions of Men
38. Human Opinions Suitable. The Hopes of Youth Fallacious
39. The Importance of Punctuality
40. The Art of Living at the Cost of Others
41. The Folly of Continuing too Long upon the Stage
42. The Character of a Liar
43. The Faults of Books Sometimes Imputable to the Reader
44. To Read, Write, and Conserve in Due Proportions the Business of a Man of Letters
45. Unjust Charges of Plagiarism
46. Mercator Complains that he can Find no Happiness in Rural Life
47. That kind of Life most Happy which Affords us most Opportunities of Gaining our own Esteem
48. Our Present State one of Danger and Infelicity
49. On the Duty of Self-Examination
50. The Happiness and Vexation of Authors
51. The Idler's Character
52. Invitation to Correspondents
53. Robbery of Time
54. Uncertainty of Friendship
55. Corruptions of News-Writers
56. Disguises of Idleness. Sober's Character
57. The Terrifick Diction
58. On the Death of a Friend
59. Monitions on the Flight of Time
60. Deborah Ginger's Account of City Wits
61. Minim the Critick I.
62. Minim the Critick II.
63. Dick Shifter's Rural Excursion
64. Steady, Snug, Startle, Solid, and Misty
65. Biography, How Best Performed
66. Books Multiplied by Useless Compilations
67. What Have Ye Done?
68. Omar's Plan of Life
69. The Itch of Writing Universal

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This is a volume of selected essays by "the great master of reason" Samuel Johnson. The most famous exerpts from The Rambler, The Adventurer and The Idler are included, covering a vast range of topics.