Counterpoint, 1998 - Authors, English - 646 pages
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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While it is primarily, a psychological portrait of the man and how he struggled with severe depression and major breakdowns and Tourette's Syndrome and much more throughout his life, it also shows how ... Read full review
SAMUEL JOHNSON: A BiographyUser Review - Kirkus
Why, some will ask, another biography of that print-drenched Englishman, especially so soon after John Wain's acclaimed contribution? Quite simply, because this one is by Harvard's W. Jackson Bate ... Read full review