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Samuel Johnson: A Life
 
 
Author
David Nokes.
Publisher Henry Holt  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780805086515
Pages/Publication Date 419/2010
Daedalus Item Code 11924
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The James Tait Black Award–winning biographer of Jonathan Swift and Jane Austen here offers a clear-eyed portrait of the world's most famous lexicographer. Even after 300 years Samuel Johnson remains a towering figure in English literature, having given the world the first modern dictionary in 1755, as well as an authoritative Shakespeare and Lives of the Poets. Though the first and most enduring image of Johnson was created by James Boswell, and it seemed they were as inseparable as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, David Nokes reveals that Boswell spent little over a year in Johnson's company, never met his wife Tetty, nor understood Johnson's dependence on the many women who loomed so large in his life.

"Nokes is particularly moving and informative on Johnson's relation to his Jamaican manservant, Frank Barber, a freedman who essentially became Johnson's son, though without formal adoption.... I myself qualify as a common reader of Johnson, not a Johnsonian scholar, and Nokes is now part of a select company to whom I am indebted."—Harold Bloom

 
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