About this book
An original and hugely rewarding portrait of Johnson, which goes beyond the figure created by Boswell. 'Nokes does some interesting exploring of Johnson's marriage, often dismissed as irrelevant.' "Daily Mail"
Johnson, born weak and half-blind, shambolic and poverty-stricken, became the most admired and quoted man in the eighteenth century. Thrown out of Oxford for a lack of funds, he rose to celebrity: author of "The Dictionary", a friend to the king, companion of Reynolds, Goldsmith and Garrick. This title presents a portrait of Johnson, and his life.
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