Friday, September 25, 2009

O'Hagan, Andrew. "The Powers of Samuel Johnson." NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS October 8, 2009.

On the eve of his three-hundredth birthday, Johnson's glory lives in his multiplicity. He was never one thing. He was Janus-faced but also Janus-souled: investing as much of himself in the opposite of rancor and enmity as he did in rancor and enmity, and sometimes within the same half-hour. It is the main reason why James Bos-well was able to make him the subject of the best biography ever written: the two-minded biographer met his four-minded subject and a form of literary intimacy was born that time has neither breached nor weathered. . . . Read the rest here:

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