Samuel Johnson: A Life
David Nokes
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Samuel Johnson: A Life

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A modern biography of Samuel Johnson that will serve as the definitive work on the legendary British man of letters

In this groundbreaking portrait of Samuel Johnson, David Nokes positions the great thinker in his rightful place as an active force in the Enlightenment, not a mere recorder or performer, and demonstrates how his interaction with life impacted his work. This i...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 2008)
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Johnson doesn't come out as much of a person in this biography. It is more a he did this, then he went there, then he did that. One thing which did seem to come through is that Johnson didn't seem to take much effort in his work, and only to make money, because he did not have much...not the best image for a literary hero.
Julie Ellis
Johnson was a very interesting character, but I didn't find this to be an interesting bio. I don't feel that the author ever decided what he wanted to say. I also don't feel that Johnson the person ever really came through.
Joyless bio. One would never know of Johnsons great wit, nor of his acheivements which are consistently underplayed. Rarely have I been more disappointed in a book.
Rachael Singh
Nokes has turned biography into literary criticism (yawn) and singularly failed to bring Johnson to life. I'm crushed with disappointment, I really am.
this has got a bad rep -- because I think it cannot be read without a good knowledge of the 18th C. but as one gets into it it gets increasingly interesting.
Somehow Nokes manages to make Johnson just sound weird and even dull.
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