Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Essay: "The Boarding House." Samuel Johnson.

Review: History of people who had occupied the upstairs garret, five flights up, in the boarding house. The first was a tailor; the second a young lady of the night whose reputation was tarnished by too many visits from a cousin in Cheapside; followed by a counterfeiter who had a visit from the constable; and then an author who was the most annoying of all with his outbursts in the dead of night. No more authors, please. Finally, two sisters inherited the garret, and followed each other into their graves.

The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. A Division of Random House, Inc. 1995.

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