The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: The Adventurer and Idler

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Talboys and Wheeler, 1825

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Contents

On the trades of London
41
Idle hope
46
Apology for neglecting officious advice
52
Incitement to enterprise and emulation Some account of the admirable Crichton
57
Folly of false pretences to importance A journey in a stagecoach
62
Study composition and converse equally necessary to intellectual accomplishment
68
Criticism on the Pastorals of Virgil
73
Apology for apparent plagiarism Sources of literary variety
79
The true idea of beauty
82
Scruple Wormwood Sturdy and Gentle
83
Projectors injudiciously censured and applauded
84
Books multiplied by useless compilations
85
Miss Heartless want of a lodging
86
Amazonian bravery revived
87
What have ye done?
88
Infelicities of retirement to men of business
89
Rhetorical action considered
90
Sufficiency of the English language
91
Nature of cunning
92
Sam Softlys history
93
Different opinions equally plausible
94
Tim Wainscots son a fine gentleman
95
Hacho of Lapland
96
Narratives of travellers considered
97
Sophia Heedful
98
Ortogrul of Basra
99
On the uncertainty of human things
100
Omars plan of life
101
Authors inattentive to themselves
102
103 Horrour of the last
103
The pleasures and advantages of industry
104
he itch of writing universal
109
119 The folly of creating artificial wants
114
The miseries of life
119
Solitude not eligible
123
Men differently employed unjustly censured by each other
128
Singularities censured
133
Writers not a useless generation
139
Their happiness and infelicity
144
THE IDLER
149
Nume Page 1 The Idlers character
151
Invitation to correspondents
154
Idlers reason for writing
157
Charities and hospitals
160
Proposal for a female army
163
Ladys performance on horseback
166
Scheme for newswriters
169
Plan of military discipline
172
Progress of idleness
177
Political credulity
179
Discourses on the weather
183
Marriages wly advertised
184
The imaginary housewife
187
Robbery of time
192
Treacles complaint of his wife
193
Man does not always think
219
New actors on the stage
221
Betty Brooms history
224
27 Power of habits
230
Betty Brooms history continued
233
Corruption of newswriters
236
Disguises of idleness Sobers character
239
On Sleep
242
Journal of a fellow of a college
245
Punch and conversation compared
249
NUMB PAGE 35 Auctionhunter described and ridiculed
252
The terrific diction ridiculed
254
Cruelty shown to debtors in prison 360
264
The art of advertising exemplified
267
Serious reflections on the death of a friend
270
Perditas complaint of her father
273
Monitions on the flight of time
276
The use of memory considered
279
On painting Portraits defended
281
Molly Quicks complaint of her mistress
285
Deborah Gingers account of citywits
288
The bustle of idleness described and ridiculed
291
Marvels journey narrated
294
Marvels journey paralleled
297
Domestick greatness unattainable
299
Selfdenial necessary
302
Mischiefs of good company
305
Mrs Savecharges complaint
308
Authors mortifications
312
Virtuosos whimsical
315
Character of Sophron
318
Expectations of pleasure frustrated 322
322
Books fall into neglect
323
Minim the critic
325
Minim the critic
329
Rangers account of the vanity of riches
332
63 Progress of arts and language
335
Rangers complaint concluded
338
Fate of posthumous works
341
Loss of ancient writings
343
Scholars journal
349
History of translation
350
Hard words defended
355
Dick Shifters rural excursion
358
Regulation of memory
362
Tranquils use of riches
365
Memory rarely deficient
367
Gelaleddin of Bassora
370
False criticisms on painting
373
Easy writing
376
Steady Snug Startle Solid and Misty
379
Grand style of painting
383
Ladies journey to London
385
Indians speech to his countrymen
388

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