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THE MODERN STUDENT'S LIBkARY

BOSWELL'S

LIFE OF JOHNSON

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BOSWELL'S

LIFE OF JOHNSON

ABRIDGED AND EDITED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION

BY

CHARLES GROSVENOR OSGOOD

PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
NEW YORK CHICAGO BOSTON ATLANTA
SAN FRANCISCO

DALLAS

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

H-3.56[V]

Printed in the United States of America

All rights reserved. No part of this book
may be reproduced in any form without
the permission of Charles Scribner's Sons
PREFACE

In making this abridgment of Boswell's Life of Johnson 1 have omitted most of Boswell's criticisms, comments, and notes, all of Johnson's opinions in legal cases, most of the letters, and parts of the conversation dealing with matters which were of greater importance in Boswell's day than now. I have kept in mind an old habit, common enough, I dare say, among its devotees, of opening the book at random, and reading wherever the eye falls upon a passage of especial interest. All such passages, I hope, have been retained, and enough of the whole book to illustrate all the phases of Johnson's mind and of his time which Boswell observed.

Loyal Johnsonians may look upon such a book with a measure of scorn. I could not have made it, had I not believed that it would be the means of drawing new readers to Boswell, and eventually of finding for them in the complete work what many have already found-days and years of growing enlightenment and happy companionship, and an innocent refuge from the cares and perturbations of life.

PRINCETON, June 28, 1917.

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