In this biography - a work that won three of the most prestigious literary prizes this country offers - W. Jackson Bate delves deep into the character that formed Johnson's awesome intellect and fueled his prodigious output. The first great modern biography of Johnson, it confirms that his statements and judgments on literature, politics, religion, behavior - on all human experience - are as relevant in our age as when they were first uttered. This new edition brings a modern classic back into print and includes a new preface from the author.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kant1066 - LibraryThing
This biography, written for the 400th anniversary of Milton’s birth, is a rather mediocre offering, and hardly worth being associated with the great poet’s name. Hawkes argues, rightly I think, that ... Read full review
Review: Samuel JohnsonUser Review - Goodreads
The Freudian psychoanalytic angle gets a little tiresome after a while, but otherwise an impressively researched, interestingly told narrative of a truly fascinating life. Read full review