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" In the character of his Elegy I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers uncorrupted with literary prejudices, after all the refinements of subtilty and the dogmatism of learning, must be finally decided all claim to... "
The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: The lives of the most eminent English ... - Seite 295
von Samuel Johnson, John Hawkins - 1787
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Rejoining the Common Reader: Essays, 1962-1990

Clara Claiborne Park - 1991 - 231 Seiten
...poems, the Doctor had been ready to praise. Of the Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard he wrote, "I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers, uncorrupted with literary prejudices, after all the refinements of subtilty and the...
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Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation

John Guillory, Professor John Guillory - 1993 - 392 Seiten
...of his panegyric thus functions as symptomatic discourse, as a commentary on the text-milieu itself: In the character of his Elegy I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers uncorrupted with literary prejudices, after all the refinements of subtilty and the...
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Solitude: A Philosophical Encounter

Philip Koch - 1994 - 375 Seiten
...quotes the following appraisal of Gray by Dr. Johnson — certainly no friend of solitary brooding: "In the character of his Elegy I rejoice to concur with the common reader . . . The Churchyard abounds with images which find a mirror in every mind, and with sentiments to...
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Early Modern Conceptions of Property

John Brewer, Susan Staves - 1996 - 599 Seiten
...symptomatically to register the full force and resonance of the word "common" in eighteenth-century discourse: In the character of his Elegy I rejoice to concur with the common reader, for by the common sense of readers uncorrupted with literary prejudices, after all the refinements of suhtility and the...
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The Practice and Representation of Reading in England

James Raven, Helen Small, Naomi Tadmor - 1996 - 313 Seiten
...Dickens and a pathology of the mid-Victorian reading public Helen Small In the character of [Gray's] Elegy I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers uncorrupted with literary prejudices, after all the refinements of subtilty and the...
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Samuel Johnson and the Essay

Robert Donald Spector - 1997 - 254 Seiten
...poem. Instead, for all of what he has said of the rest of Gray's poetry, Johnson happily acknowledges, "I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers uncorrupted with literary prejudices [here Johnson is attacking the false praise of...
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Textual Practice

Alan Sinfield, Lindsay Smith - 1998 - 208 Seiten
...Elegy Wtitren in a Country Churchyards an example of genuine achievement: in the characrer of [Gray's] Elegy I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers uncorrupred with lirerary prejudices, afrer all the refinements of subtility and the...
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English Pasts : Essays in History and Culture: Essays in History and Culture

Stefan Collini - 1999 - 358 Seiten
...isolate the issue to be discussed here. In his Lives of the English Poets, Dr Johnson famously declared: 'I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers uncorrupted with literary prejudices, after all the refinements of subtlety and the...
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Text: An Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies

W. S. Hillis, Edward Burns, Peter Shillingsburg - 1999 - 304 Seiten
...Johnson is clearly distinguishing himself from the "common reader" when he says in his "Life" of Gray: "In the character of his Elegy I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers uncorrupted with literary prejudices, after all the refinements of subtilty and the...
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Thomas Gray: A Life

Robert L. Mack - 2000 - 718 Seiten
...any poem, would seem still to govern the judgements of most modern readers; as Johnson wrote of the Elegy: 'I rejoice to concur with the common reader; for by the common sense of readers uncorrupted with literary prejudices, after all the refinements of subtlety and the...
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