The Life of Samuel Johnson
New York: The Modern Library, 1952. Hardcover. 12mo. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #002815
The Modern Library No. 282. Abridged, with an introduction by Bergen Evans. xv, 559 p.p. Red cloth boards with black spine label and black label to front board, gilt lettering. Top edge black. Spine ends and corners bumped and rubbed. Pictorial dust jacket is price clipped, has small chips to spine ends, light soiling to covers. Ink ownership inscription to FFEP, sporadic ink annotations throughout. Few men in history have ever been known as intimately as Samuel Johnson. Famous in his own time for his wit and wisdom, he has had the rare good fortune to gain a posthumous extension of personality and influence over a period of more than 160 years. To give the modern reader the spirit and substance of this biography of Johnson's life and times, Bergen Evans, professor of English at Northwestern University, has winnowed out the obscurities and irrelevances of the full text and kept its essence.