|Thursday 6 November, 6.30pm (doors open at 6.15pm)
This talk will look at the lives and work of the poet-soldiers of the First World War, approaching the subject chronologically, the great dividing line being the Somme battles, from 1916 to 1917. This theatre of war separates what one might call the first generation of war poets -- Rupert Brooke and Charles Hamilton Sorley among them -- from the second, which includes such great names as Siegfried Sassoon, Edward Thomas, Isaac Rosenberg and Wilfred Owen.
The First World War was a milestone in English history and also in literature. Unlike the wars that preceded it, this was a total war, in which not only soldiers but civilians were affected. It is notable, however, that the most powerful literature to emerge from the war was written by combatants. Their heightened experience in war appears to have stimulated new intensities of imagination.
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|Wednesday 19 November, 7pm (doors open at 6.15pm)
James Boswell, Tom Davies and even Johnson himself made some effort to collect Johnson's works in his lifetime, but it was Sir John Hawkins who compiled the first real edition of his works in 1785, the year after Johnson's death. All collected editions after Hawkins' followed him, with various additions and subtractions, until the Yale Edition. Conceived in 1951 and finally organized in 1955, the Yale Edition published its first volume in 1958 to great acclaim. 21 volumes are now in print, one in press, and one under way, but even this edition is not complete. In addition, the digital version of the Yale Edition was launched in June of this year, showing the way to the future of Johnsonian editions. Professor DeMaria, the third general editor of the Yale Edition, will discuss the history of Johnsonian editions, especially the Yale editions, and talk about the future of scholarly editions generally.
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Robert DeMaria, Jr. is the Henry Noble MacCracken Professor of English at Vassar College. His studies focus on eighteenth-century British Literature and, in particular, Samuel Johnson, publishing several books on his life and works: Samuel Johnson and the Life of Reading,The Life of Samuel Johnson, and Johnson's Dictionary and the Language of Learning. DeMaria is the General Editor and Chair of the Editorial Board of the The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson. In 2002 he became the editor of the Johnsonian News Letter and publishes two issues a year. DeMaria has lectured widely in the United States and the UK, as well as in Europe.
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Follow in Johnson's footsteps and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street with an experienced City Guide.
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Dr Johnson's Fleet Street - Discover Johnson's life and work in and around Fleet Street and his acquaintances in the area.
£5/£4 concessions. No booking required. Meet outside Dr Johnson's House.
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