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

: Leo Damrosch : Yale University Press : March 2019


Used to be, a few guys got together, had a few drinks, told a few lies, and generally tried to impress each other.

Back in the day, and we mean about the mid-1700s, the guys did the same thing at the local tavern. But they were a whole lot smarter than your friends, and actually had a lot to say. Read the book and listen in.

SummaryIn 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.”

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