The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL. D.: Including a Journal of His Tour to the Hebrides

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Հաճախորդի կարծիքը  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

Obviously, this rating is for myself alone. Two stars in my library means that I did not like the book, but that someone else might. In this case, I found Boswell to fawning for my enjoyment, and ... Read full review

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Boswell is a good biographer, better than most modern ones. Samuel Johnson was quite a character, one who, even today, would be interesting to know. Whether discussing the rebellion in the North ... Read full review

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