The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.

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J.M. Dent & Company, 1907 - Authors, English
 

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User Review  - JVioland - LibraryThing

Boswell is a good biographer, better than most modern ones. Samuel Johnson was quite a character, one who, even today, would be interesting to know. Whether discussing the rebellion in the North ... Read full review

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This is an abridgment of Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, which as it is runs to over 500 pages. I am glad I read it, but I’m also glad I read an abridgment (an ebook downloaded for free from The ... Read full review

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