The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age Review

Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of “the Club,” a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern

In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk’s Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell. It was known simply as “the Club.”  
 
In this captivating book, Leo Damrosch brings alive a brilliant, competitive, and eccentric cast of characters. With the friendship of the “odd couple” Samuel Johnson and James Boswell at the heart of his narrative, Damrosch conjures up the precarious, exciting, and often brutal world of late eighteenth‑century Britain. This is the story of an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age, and our own.

Title:The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age

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  • Marks54

    This is a history of one of the original London clubs that developed as a place where the emerging bourgeois professional and literary class of London could gather for food, drink, fellowship, and tal...

  • Fern Adams

    The Club was a group of polymaths who met in an inn once a week in the second half of the 1700s. Made up of actors, artists, intellectuals and writers, many of the members were people who remain well ...

  • Brian Willis

    This book is a vital survey of the intellectual and literary circle of luminaries who came to intersect their interests in an informal meeting called "the Club" at a local tavern called the Mitre. Ost...

  • Brian

    In the second half of the eighteenth century a remarkable group of men met weekly in the Turk’s Head Tavern in London. Known simply as The Club, the group included Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, Jos...

  • Peter Tillman

    Joseph Epsein's rave review: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-club... [paywalled. Ask if you would like a copy]."What historical era produced the greatest aggregate of human intelligence? Fifth centur...

  • Angie Boyter

    An intellectual history of the late eighteenth century through the lives of some remarkable menEighteenth-century England was a lively place! Captain Cook was exploring the South Seas. Playwrights lik...

  • William Dury

    I read Boswell many years ago. “The Life” is a truly great book, one of those foundation of civilization things. “The Club” gives insight into the other members of The Club, most prominently R...

  • Mandy

    The Club was a dining and drinking society founded in 1763 which met every Friday at the Turk’s Head Tavern in London. Among its members were many of the greatest intellects of the time, from Samuel...

  • Jeff Keehr

    This is largely a rehash of Boswell's The Life of Johnson with additional biographical details on each of the major members of the Literary Club that Johnson helped to found. It contains some interest...

  • foundfoundfound

    reading, like kramer’s apartment makeover, is all about “levels”. damrosch pitches “the club” at an audience largely unfamiliar with the subj. but to anyone intimate with late augustan liter...