Samuel Johnson: A Biography

Samuel Johnson is a writer of such significance that his era– the second half of the eighteenth century– has come to be known as the age of Johnson. W. Jackson Bate’s formidable biography, with its uncanny depth and empathy, delves deep into the character that formed Johnson’s intellect and fueled his prodigious contribution to literature, religion, politics, and our understanding of the essence of humankind.

Samuel Johnson is a writer of such significance that his era– the second half of the eighteenth century– has come to be known as the age of Johnson. W. Jackson Bate’s formidable biography, with its uncanny depth and empathy, delves deep into the character that formed Johnson’s intellect and fueled his prodigious contribution to literature, religion, politics, and our understanding of the essence of humankind. (Counterpoint Press)