约翰逊传
Life of Johnson

  • 作   者:

    詹姆斯·鲍斯韦尔
    James Boswell

  • 出版社:

    外语教学与研究出版社
    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

  • 语   言:

    英文

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《约翰逊传》这本书是《一生读书计划》中唯一推介的人物传记。约翰逊是英国文学泰斗,幽默雄辩的谈话家,著名作家和词典家。仅次于莎士比亚的语言大师,十八世纪被称为约翰生时代。本书中他机智的快言妙语、精辟新颖的比喻俯拾皆是,经常阅读,必可获得幽默智慧的谈吐。这是鲍斯威尔于1791年5月16日出版的一本英国最伟大的传记。

这部传记有70余万字,按年记述约翰逊的生平,对重大事件则本末悉记,记约翰逊的谈话尤为详实生动。它是18世纪英国社会与文化的评论与实录。《约翰逊传》涵盖了传主的一生,包含大量的轶事、细节和人物对话,表面看来零碎杂乱的材料,由于冲突被联系在一起,使《约翰生传》得以成为内部统一的有机整体。鲍斯威尔通过对大学时代的约翰生与贫困的家庭处境、作为作家的约翰生与恩主庇护制度以及作为文坛领袖的约翰生与上流社会的价值观念之间冲突的描述。突显了约翰生狂放不羁的孤傲秉性、独立的人格以及率真的性情,也指出了他与环境妥协的一面。

The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. (1791) is a biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson written by James Boswell. It is regarded as an important stage in the development of the modern genre of biography; many have claimed it as the greatest biography written in English. While Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject only began in 1763, when Johnson was 54 years old, Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research. The biography takes many critical liberties with Johnson's life, as Boswell makes various changes to Johnson's quotations and even censors many comments. Regardless of these actions, modern biographers have found Boswell's biography as an important source of information on Johnson and his times. The work was popular among early audiences and with modern critics, but some of the modern critics believe that the work cannot be considered a proper biography.

詹姆斯·鲍斯韦尔(1740——1795),英国家喻户晓的文学大师,传记作家,现代传记文学的开创者,出生与苏格兰贵族家庭。鲍斯韦尔著名的作品是《约翰逊传》。由于这部作品,约翰逊成为英国人民家喻户晓的人物,鲍斯韦尔也因此成为世界文坛上最著名的传记作家之一。

James Boswell was a British lawyer, diarist, and author born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has claimed is the greatest biography written in the English language.

In making this abridgement of Boswell's Life of Johnson I 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 of 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.

  • Preface
  • INTRODUCTION
  • Part One
  • Part Two
  • Part Three
  • Part Four
  • Part Five
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