Member Blogs > Books Tell You WhyWhere Samuel Johnson and David Foster Wallace Meet

  • Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:00:00    Permalink

    In his infamous 1791 biography of British writer, essayist, and thinker Samuel Johnson, James Boswell wrote: “If nothing but the bright side of characters should be shown, we should sit down in despondency, and think it utterly impossible to imitate them in any thing.”

    As it would happen, those words would prove prophetic in the response to Boswell’s The Life of Samuel Johnson, a book often credited with charting the course for what we consider the modern day biography.

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