Samuel Johnson

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Counterpoint, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 646 pages
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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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User 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

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A slow read, but rewarding. Deserves all the awards it got! Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Bate is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University.

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