Walter Jackson Bate

Walter Jackson Bate was an American literary critic and biographer. He is best known for his works on Samuel Johnson and John Keats, and he won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his biography of Samuel Johnson.


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  1. 1. Samuel Johnson

    This biography provides an in-depth look into the life of Samuel Johnson, an 18th-century English writer who contributed greatly to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, and lexicographer. The book explores Johnson's struggles with depression, fear of death, and various physical ailments, as well as his intellectual prowess and his impact on literature. It also delves into his relationships with other notable figures of his time, offering a comprehensive portrait of a complex and influential man.

    The 1565th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. John Keats

    This book is a comprehensive biography of the English Romantic poet, John Keats. It delves into Keats's life, his relationships, his struggles with illness, and his development as a poet. The author provides a detailed analysis of Keats's poetry and letters, revealing the depth of his passion, his intellectual curiosity, and his commitment to creating poetry that was 'a living thing'. The book also explores the social, political, and cultural context of Keats's life, providing a rich understanding of the man and his work.

    The 2821st Greatest Book of All Time