Irvin Ehrenpreis, 20 December 1984
Show More Samuel Johnson by Walter Jackson Bate.
Hogarth, 646 pp., £6.95, July 1984, 0 7012 0562 8Show More
A Preliminary Handlist of Copies of Books Associated with Dr Samuel Johnson by J.D. Fleeman.
Oxford Bibliographical Society, 101 pp., £5, March 1984, 0 901420 41 7Show More
Samuel Johnson 1709-84: A Bicentenary Exhibition edited by K.K. Yung.
Arts Council/Herbert Press, 144 pp., £9.95, July 1984, 9780906969458Show More
Samuel Johnson by Donald Greene.
Oxford, 872 pp., £15, June 1984, 9780192541796Show More
“... Johnsonians have been telling us for decades that Boswell makes an unreliable guide to the mind of his mentor. They say that one tastes Johnson’s profundity not in his conversation but in his writing, and above all in the essays on morality. In those works, says W.J. Bate, ‘we have the essence of Johnson.’ A careful reader of the life by Boswell must agree that the biographer’s genius was not intellectual: the eagle did not always carry the lark with him when he soared ...”