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IN WEEKLY VOLUMES, price 3d. : or in Clo'h, Ed. A SELECTION OF THE MOST POPULAR VOLUMES IN
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will be sent by the Publishers post free on application. The Haunted Man ..
DICKENS. Heroes and Hero-Worship ..
CARLYLE. The Coinplete Angier
ISAAC WALTON. Friends in Council
SIR A. HELPS. The Autobiography of
BE JAMIN FRANKLIN. The Rivals, and The School for scandai SHERIDAN. Warren Hastings
MACAULAY. The Angel in the House
COVENTRY PATMORB The Life of Nelson
SOUTHEY. A Deteuce of Poesie
PHILIP SIDNEY, Paradise Regained
JOHN MILTON. A Christmas Carol, and The Chimes
DICKENS. Childe Harold
BYRON, Murad the Unlucky
EDEWORTH. My Ten Years' Imprisonment
SILVIO PELLICO. Plays
GOLDSMITH. Tales from the Decameron
BOCCACCIO. Visions of England ..
JOHNSON. Paradise Lost vols. i. & ii.)
MILTON, Sintram and his Companions, &c.
LA MOTTE FOUQUE. Memorable Thoughts of Socrates
XENOPHON. Daphnaida, and other Poems..
SPENSER Undine, and The Two Captains
LA MOTTE FOUQUE The Bravo of Venice
M. G. LEWIS. The Legends of St. Patrick ..
AUBREY DE VERB. Voyages and Travels
MAUNDEVILLE, The Castle of Otranto
WALPOLE. Lives of Alcibiades, Aristides, &c.
COVENTRY PATMORE Sorrows of Werter
GOETHE. Lives of Butler, Denham, Dryden, &c.
SAMUEL JOHNSON. Religio Medici ..
SIR T. BROWNE. The North-West Passage
RICHARD HAKLUYT. Lives of Addison, Sava e, and swift
SAMUEL JOHNSON. Lives of Timoleon, Paulus Æmilius, &c.
PLUTARCH. Wisdom of the Ancients
BACON. Earlier Poems..
MILTON. Confessio 18 of an inquiring Spirit
COLERIDGE. Francis Bacon
MACAULAY. Lives of Prior, Congreve, &c.*
SAMUEL JOHNSON. Shakespeare's Plays :-Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth,
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WHEN, at the age of sixty-eight, Johnson was writing these “Lives of the English Poets,” he had caused omissions to be made from the poems of Rochester, and was asked whether he would allow the printers to give all the verse of Prior. Boswell quoted a censure by Lord Hailes of “those impure tales which will be the eternal opprobrium of their ingenious author.” Johnson replied, “Sir, Lord Hailes has forgot. There is nothing in Prior that will excite to lewdness ;” and when Boswell further urged, ho put his questionings aside, and added, “No, sir, Prior is a lady's book. No lady is ashamed to have it standing in her library.” Johnson distinguished strongly, as every wise man does, between offence against convention, and offence against morality.
In Congreve's plays he recognised the wit but condemned the morals, and in the case of Blackmore the regard for the religious purpose of Blackmore's
“ The Creation ” gave to Johnson, as to Addison, an undue sense of its literary value,