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'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford,' said Samuel Johnson in 1777. Since then the capital has been characterised variously as a 'riddle', a 'cesspool' and a 'modern Babylon', and both Londoners and visitors alike have continued to share their candid views of a great city in a variety of literary forms. This compact gift book is packed full of witty, scandalous and entertaining quotations about this famous city from the Middle Ages to the current decade.
The Bodleian Library has an astonishing array of books and manuscripts among its treasures amassed over 400 years of collecting. This elegantly produced hardback volume is part of a delightful series of humorous, shocking and intriguing quotations, from its collection from the Middle Ages to the present, about famous cities. The most famous quotation about London must be Samuel Johnson, in 1777: ‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.’ But it has also been described as a ‘riddle’, a ‘cesspool’ and a ‘modern Babylon’.
|Publication date:||8th August 2014|
|Categories:||Gift books, Places & peoples: general & pictorial works, Dictionaries of quotations,|
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