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.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 50th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Nonfiction (The Modern Library)
- The 50 Best Books of the Century (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)
- National Book Critics Circle Award - Nonfiction (National Book Critics Circle)
- Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography (Pulitzer Prize)