The Literary Salon - Peter Moore

Wed 10 July 2019

Samuel Johnson and the Art of Happiness

For Samuel Johnson happiness was ‘the only thing of real value in existence’. Yet for the great writer, critic and lexicographer this most simple of aspirations proved frustratingly difficult to obtain. In his Salon session the historian Peter Moore looks back to the life and career of one of the towering figures in English literature, asking why happiness was so prized by Enlightenment thinkers of the mid-18th century and how Johnson attempted to find it.

Mark Tatlow on eighteenth century music that ‘touched and dissolved’ the audience

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