Christopher Hibbert draws on every known contemporary source to provide a minutely detailed look at the fascinating writer Samuel Johnson. Using facts and anecdotes, Hibbert delivers intimate glimpses into Johnson’s time as a schoolboy, his eccentricities as an undergraduate at Oxford, his struggle as a poor writer in London, and his slow rise to the legendary figure with a court of admirers and a steady stream of visitors. Hibbert combines personal stories with an examination Johnson’s writing, offering a compelling and readable account.
Henry Hitchings is the critically acclaimed author of The Secret Life of Words: How English Became English and Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary. Educated at the universities of Oxford and London, he has contributed to many newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Financial Times, and the Times Literary Supplement