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This is an auction for SAMUEL JOHNSON by John Wain.

Amazon.com reviews:

"FIVE STARS!! This is the best biography I have read of Johnson, apart from Boswell's, and one of the best biographies ever. The book is very well written. The writer likes Johnson without idolatry. He notes his subject's imperfections. The reader gets to love Johnson. Wain gives us lots of information on how he lived and worked, his circle of friends, rich and poor, his "family" composed of Frank, the African boy Johnson more or less adopted, and the others that he supported and took care of, and what life was like in eighteenth century England. We imagine Johnson sitting among others, holding forth. We grieve when he grieves. He was very funny, very witty, and very astute about the human condition."

"FIVE STARS!!!! Wain, a novelist and Professor of Poetry at Oxford, presents Johnson to us in a delightfully easy and personal style. Contrary to his austere image, Johnson was, according to Wain, "as benevolent as any man who ever lived." He could be cranky, but seems to have been incapable of malice, was filled with compassion and what we would today call "empathy." He had a huge number of friends, most of them lasting a lifetime."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 1980.

377 pages.

16 pages of black & white illustrations.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $5.95 (tracked mail).

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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