Samuel Johnson by Walter Jackson Bate

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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 109th 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. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Nonfiction (National Book Critics Circle)
  3. - The 50 Best Books of the Century (Intercollegiate Studies Institute)
  4. - Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography (Pulitzer Prize)

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