The Club by Leo Damrosch

The Club

Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of “the Club,” a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk’s Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Ad...

Details The Club

TitleThe Club
Release DateMar 26th, 2019
PublisherYale University Press
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, European Literature, British Literature, Art

Reviews The Club

  • Fern Adams
    The Club was a group of polymaths who met in an inn once a week in the second half of the 1700s. Made up of actors, artists, intellectuals and writers, many of the members were people who remain well known to this day; Johnson, Boswell, Joshua Reynolds, Oliver Goldsmith, Edmund Burke and Adam Smith amongst others. I was expecting this book to be about the meetings themselves and what they entailed and discussed during these however rather it was ...
  • Brian Willis
    This book is a vital survey of the intellectual and literary circle of luminaries who came to intersect their interests in an informal meeting called "the Club" at a local tavern called the Mitre. Ostensibly, it also spotlights many of the socio-cultural personas of the late 18th century in Britain: Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, David Garrick, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Joshua Reynolds, and Edward Gibbon.Alongside his previous 2 books, a biograph...
  • Brian
    In the second half of the eighteenth century a remarkable group of men met weekly in the Turk’s Head Tavern in London. Known simply as The Club, the group included Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, Joshua Reynolds, Edmund Burke, Oliver Goldsmith, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Adam Smith and Edward Gibbon. This book traces the fortunes of those men as well as some of the talented women who were their friends and supporters like the writers Fanny Burne...
  • Angie Boyter
    An intellectual history of the late eighteenth century through the lives of some remarkable menEighteenth-century England was a lively place! Captain Cook was exploring the South Seas. Playwrights like Richard Sheridan and Oliver Goldsmith were writing plays we still enjoy, and David Garrick was acting in them. Adam Smith was inventing modern economics. And so on. Despite the breadth of the innovation, exploration, and accomplishments in that era...
  • David
    An entertaining book for difficult times.It hits the middle overlapping region of the Venn diagram where the two circles are labelled “About an Interesting Group of Historical Figures” and “Not Depressing”. If you have only a vague idea who Johnson, Boswell, David Garrick, Edmund Burke, et al., were, the book might be easier going if you skim through the Wikipedia entries for the main characters first. Even the slightest previous acquaint...
  • Alvaro de Menard
    There's not much to say about the titular Club, certainly not enough to fill 400 pages. Damrosch's strategy is to write about the lives of its members, and the general milieu they lived in. So, rather than a history of the club this book is mostly a series of independent biographies.Adam Smith gets one chapter (8 pages!), Joshua Reynolds gets one chapter, Edmund Burke gets one chapter, and so on. Johnson and Boswell get a few each, and some about...
  • Cristie Underwood
    The author's painstaking research and attention to detail is obvious in the writing of this book. There were many facts that I only discovered after reading this!
  • Teresa Grabs
    Damrosch's book covers the life and times of The Club, a group formed by eight men in 1763 that met in the Turk's Head Tavern. The story begins with events that led to the first meeting and ends with the death of James Boswell. The Club continues today under the name London Literary Society. Damrosch blends illustrations and photographs/etchings to bring the story to life. While the book is dense and dry at times, it was a very educational and en...