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 93rd greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 50th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
  2. - The 50 Best Books of the Century (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)
  3. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Nonfiction (National Book Critics Circle)
  4. - Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography (Pulitzer Prize)

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The Achievement of Samuel Johnson Paperback 1783008 $44.39 $4.74
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Samuel Johnson Hardcover 4282434 $154.88 $6.41 1978
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The Achievement of Samuel Johnson Hardcover 4739553 $969.00 $42.30 1955