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...

  • 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...

  • Mary Rose

    In this chapter on Edward Gibbon, Damrosch writes: "Many historians, even today, have been tempted to write as if they had a total understanding of what happened long ago. But the best historians have...

  • David

    An entertaining book for difficult times.It hits the middle overlapping region of the Venn diagram where the two circles are labelled “About an Interesting Group of Historical Figures” and “Not ...

  • JQAdams

    The subtitle is a better guide than the title or marketing materials here: while the book presents itself as a group biography of a weekly club of eminent late-1700s London personages, Damrosch mostly...