Books: Johnson Minus Boswell

SAMUEL JOHNSON—Hugh Kingsmill— Viking ($2.75). Most-famed biography in English literature is James Boswell's 143-year-old Life of Samuel Johnson. Greatly daring, Author Hugh Kingsmill has written his own version, and his audacity has been successful. Though not comparable to Boswell's book in size (249 pp. to 1,104 pp.) Samuel Johnson can well afford comparison in other ways. Boswell is often thought of as the man who knew Dr. Johnson best. But that is not so. Boswell was a first-hand reporter of only one period of Garrick's actresses excited his amorous propensities. Johnson's...

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