Quotes by Samuel Johnson

I finally finished Bowell’s Life of Johnson. At 1402 pages, this is probably the longest book I’ve ever read, but it was worth every minute. While a couple of the members of The Culture Club were unhappy with its weight, and thought it needed serious editing, there were three of us who thought its great… Continue reading Quotes by Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson and the End of Certainty

Johnson’s character betrays striking contradictions, which are particularly interesting because they represent his age, a turning point in human ideas that was so profound it continues to resonate with us today. What marks Johnson is the contrast between what might be called his ‘weighty assertiveness’ and on the other hand his radical scepticism. Or to… Continue reading Samuel Johnson and the End of Certainty

Audio: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, A Marriage

Diane Middlebrook, the author of Hughes and Plath: A Marriage, discusses her book, and the influence that these two great poets had on each other and their work, in a podcast produced by Stanford University. It’s well worth listening to for an understanding of the context of their poetry, as well as providing an insight… Continue reading Audio: Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, A Marriage