The Culture Club: Theme for January-February 2009

The theme for these two months is Samuel Johnson, plus a bit of Schubert. Apparently these two were Samuel Beckett’s favourite artists (but that’s a coincidence). There’s a lot of stuff here, so we’re allowed to skim the Boswell for the best bits about Johnson!

Samuel Johnson

  • The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia (prose)
  • The Life of Mr Richard Savage (prose)
  • Plan and Preface to a Dictionary of English (prose)
  • On the Death of Dr Robert Levet (poem)
  • The Vanity of Human Wishes (poem)
  • The Rambler no. 32 [Stoicism] (periodical essay)
  • The Rambler no. 60 [Biography] (periodical essay)
  • The Adventurer no. 67 [The Benefits of Human Society] (periodical essay)
  • The Adventurer no. 85 [The Role of the Scholar] (periodical essay)
  • The Idler no. 61 [How to Become a Critic (1)] (periodical essay)
  • The Idler no. 62 [How to Become a Critic (2)] (periodical essay)
  • The Idler no. 85 [Autobiography] (periodical essay)
  • The Idler no. 89 [Limitations of Human Achievement] (periodical essay)

James Boswell

  • The Life of Samuel Johnson (biography)

Franz Schubert

  • Piano Trio No. 1 in B flat, Op.99 D.898
  • Piano Trio No.2 in E flat, Op.100 D.929

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