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Show More Hester: The Remarkable Life of Dr Johnson’s ‘Dear Mistress’ by Ian McIntyre.
Constable, 450 pp., £25, November 2008, 978 1 84529 449 6Show More
“... to believe’ – namely, ‘the horrible condition of his mind, which he said, was nearly distracted’. His first visit in June of 1766 lasted four months, and the place became for him a kind of Eden, where he could eat to his heart’s content the peaches, grapes and pineapples that grew in the greenhouse. To Hester, Johnson was at once a mentor and ‘a great man-child’, while acting as, in ...”