Samuel Johnson by Walter Jackson Bate
This 1979 chronicle is seen by critics not only as the definitive life of Dr. Johnson, but as a model of well-researched, lucid, fair--but always affectionate--biography.
The 119th greatest nonfiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 50th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
- - National Book Critics Circle Award - Nonfiction (National Book Critics Circle)
- - The 50 Best Books of the Century (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)
- - Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography (Pulitzer Prize)