“Damrosch brings the Membership’s redoubtable personalities — the intense minds, the jousting wits, the comfortable camaraderie — to brilliant lifestyles…”—The New York Instances E book Review
In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his family member Samuel Johnson that they invite a couple of pals to enroll in them each Friday on the Turk’s Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and communicate till nighttime. Sooner or later the crowd got here to incorporate amongst its individuals Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell. It was once recognized merely as “the Membership.”
On this charming E book, Leo Damrosch brings alive an excellent, aggressive, and kooky forged of characters. With the friendship of the “extraordinary couple” Samuel Johnson and James Boswell on the middle of his narrative, Damrosch evokes the precarious, fun, and regularly brutal international of overdue eighteenth‑century Britain. That is the tale of an strange crew of other folks whose concepts helped to form their age, and our personal.