Selected Essays of Samuel Johnson

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LibriVox recording of Selected Essays of Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson; Stuart Johnson Reid.
Read in English by Barbara Baker; Bill Boerst; Pamela Nagami; Denise Nordell; Jesse Zuba; Roohi; Michele Fry; J. McDougall; Anders V Lankford; Philippa

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

  1. Biographical Introduction, part 1 (30.5Mb)
  2. Biographical Introduction, part 2 (27.7Mb)
  3. The Necessity and Danger of Looking into Futurity. Writers Naturally Sanguine. Their Hopes Liable to Disappointment (12.8Mb)
  4. An Allegory on Criticism (9.6Mb)
  5. The Modern Form of Romances Preferable to the Ancient. The Necessity of Characters Morally Good (11.8Mb)
  6. The Folly of Anger. The Misery of a Peevish Old Age (10.9Mb)
  7. The Difference Between an Author's Writings and his Conversation (11.7Mb)
  8. The Dangers and Miseries of Literary Eminence (10.4Mb)
  9. The Anxieties of Literature not Less than Those of Publick Stations. The Inequality of Authors' Writings (10.5Mb)
  10. An Allegory on Wit and Learning (8.9Mb)
  11. The Contrariety of Criticism. The Vanity of Objection. An Author Obliged to Depend upon his own Judgment (8.4Mb)
  12. The Various Arts of Self-Delusion (12Mb)
  13. The Difficulty of Giving Advice Without Offending (10.4Mb)
  14. The Proper Means of Regulating Sorrow (10.3Mb)
  15. A Virtuous Old Age Always Reverenced (8.6Mb)
  16. The Desire of Wealth Moderated by Philosophy (8.2Mb)
  17. The Dignity and Usefulness of Biography (10.8Mb)
  18. Inconstancy Always a Weakness (10.1Mb)
  19. The Requisites to True Friendship (10Mb)
  20. The Garden of Hope - A Dream (8.1Mb)
  21. Every Man Chiefly Happy or Miserable at Home. The Opinions of Servants not to be Despised (7.2Mb)
  22. The Necessity of Good Humor (9.3Mb)
  23. The Learned Seldom Despised but when they Deserve Contempt (11Mb)
  24. The Reasons Why Advice is Generally Ineffectual (9.8Mb)
  25. The Luxury of Vain Imagination (9.3Mb)
  26. The Voyage of Life (9.8Mb)
  27. Life Sufficient to All Purposes if well Employed (9Mb)
  28. The Advantages of Living in a Garret (12Mb)
  29. Diligence too Soon Relaxed. Necessity of Perseverance (8.3Mb)
  30. The Necessity of Literary Courage (8.6Mb)
  31. The Criterions of Plagiarism (12.7Mb)
  32. The Usefulness of Advice. The Danger of Habits. The Necessity of Reviewing Life (11.4Mb)
  33. The Revelations of a Garret (8.9Mb)
  34. Labour Necessary to Excellence (8.7Mb)
  35. Directions to Authors Attacked by Criticks. The Various Degrees of Critical Perspicacity (6.2Mb)
  36. Many Advantages not to be Enjoyed Together (8Mb)
  37. The Prohibition of Revenge Justifiable by Reason. The Meanness of Regulating our Conduct by the Opinions of Men (10.7Mb)
  38. Human Opinions Suitable. The Hopes of Youth Fallacious (6.8Mb)
  39. The Importance of Punctuality (9Mb)
  40. The Art of Living at the Cost of Others (7.3Mb)
  41. The Folly of Continuing too Long upon the Stage (7.9Mb)
  42. The Character of a Liar (8.6Mb)
  43. The Faults of Books Sometimes Imputable to the Reader (11.1Mb)
  44. To Read, Write, and Conserve in Due Proportions the Business of a Man of Letters (12Mb)
  45. Unjust Charges of Plagiarism (9.7Mb)
  46. Mercator Complains that he can Find no Happiness in Rural Life (9.9Mb)
  47. That kind of Life most Happy which Affords us most Opportunities of Gaining our own Esteem (10.6Mb)
  48. Our Present State one of Danger and Infelicity (9.2Mb)
  49. On the Duty of Self-Examination (11.3Mb)
  50. The Happiness and Vexation of Authors (8.1Mb)
  51. The Idler's Character (7.9Mb)
  52. Invitation to Correspondents (6.2Mb)
  53. Robbery of Time (5.4Mb)
  54. Uncertainty of Friendship (5.7Mb)
  55. Corruptions of News-Writers (6Mb)
  56. Disguises of Idleness. Sober's Character (7.3Mb)
  57. The Terrifick Diction (8.6Mb)
  58. On the Death of a Friend (7.3Mb)
  59. Monitions on the Flight of Time (4.8Mb)
  60. Deborah Ginger's Account of City Wits (6.3Mb)
  61. Minim the Critick I. (8Mb)
  62. Minim the Critick II. (5.8Mb)
  63. Dick Shifter's Rural Excursion (8.2Mb)
  64. Steady, Snug, Startle, Solid, and Misty (7Mb)
  65. Biography, How Best Performed (5.9Mb)
  66. Books Multiplied by Useless Compilations (4.5Mb)
  67. What Have Ye Done? (4.5Mb)
  68. Omar's Plan of Life (6Mb)
  69. The Itch of Writing Universal (10.1Mb)

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