Leo Damrosch is the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature Emeritus at Harvard University. His previous works include the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World, and Eternity's Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake. He lives in Newton, MA.
"Impeccable scholarship at the service of absolute lucidity. . . .
Learned, penetrating, a pleasure to read. . . . [A] splendid
book."-Joseph Epstein, Wall Street Journal
"Damrosch brilliantly brings together the members' voices. . . . As this stellar book moves from one Club member to another, it comes together as an ambitious venture homing in on the nature of creative stimulus. . . . The best historians . . . invite readers to accompany them `behind the scenes.' Damrosch does precisely that here, . . . [in] a book that sustains a shared conversation, a terrific feat in keeping with that of the Club itself."-Lyndall Gordon, New York Times Book Review
"Beginning in 1764, some of Britain's future leading lights (including Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke and Edward Gibbon) met every Friday night to talk and drink. Damrosch's magnificent history revives the Club's creative ferment."-New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice
"These are compelling stories that deserve the space they're given" -Clare Bucknell, Literary Review
"The Club is a stimulating and delightful work. The portraits of Boswell, Gibbon, and Burke are extraordinary condensations granting us accurate visions of complex personalities. Leo Damrosch has addressed himself to common readers with authentic gusto."-Harold Bloom
"Brilliant, lucid, and enjoyable . . . With perfectly chosen anecdotes, The Club vividly evokes the period."-Norma Clarke, author of Dr Johnson's Women
"Leo Damrosch's book is an extraordinary achievement. A lively and engaging account of the coming together of a group of famously gifted individuals-the Club, a virtual microcosm of the vibrant world of mid-to-late eighteenth-century London."-William C. Dowling, Rutgers University