According to Queeney

 

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According to Queeney


by Beryl Bainbridge (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780349114477

 

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Dr Johnson, having completed his life's major work (the first ever Dictionary of the English Language) is running an increasingly chaotic life, torn between his strict morality and his undeclared passion for Mrs Thrale, the wife of an old friend. Her daughter, Queeney, narrates.


Beryl Bainbridge's latest novel is a masterly evocation of the last years of Dr Johnson, arguably Britain's greatest Man of Letters. The time is the 1770s and 1780s and Johnson, having completed his life's major work (he compiled the first ever Dictionary of the English Language) is running an increasingly chaotic life. Torn between his strict morality and his undeclared passion for Mrs Thrale, the wife of an old friend, ACCORDING TO QUEENEY reveals one of Britain's most wonderful characters in all his wit and glory. Above all, though, this is a story of love and friendship and brilliantly narrated by Queeney, Mrs Thrale's daughter, looking back over her life. A few of Johnson quotes:
*Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures
*No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money
*When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life


 

ISBN 349114471
ISBN13 9780349114477
Publisher Abacus
Format Paperback
Publication date 23/03/2002
Pages 256
Weight (grammes) 182
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 196
Width (mm) 125