The Age of Johnson

1. Why is the Age of Johnson perhaps not a satisfactory title for the period 1740-1790? (see pages 416-417)

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2. In contrast to Pope, how did the poets Gray and Collins regard poetry?

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3. Name two great masterpieces in the fiction of the 1740's.

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4. Identify the following important figures of the second half of the eighteenth century:

    a. great British philosopher: ______________________________________________________________

    b. great political writer and orator: _________________________________________________________

    c. great biographer: _____________________________________________________________________

    d. great historian: _______________________________________________________________________

 

5. What aspect of mid- to late-eighteenth century taste is revealed by the attention given to works by the above writers?

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