Books: The Unclubbable Man

THE LIFE OF SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. (341 pp.)—Sir John Hawkins, Knt.—Macmillan ($5.95).

Literary feuding, a sport regrettably neglected of late, has a long and splendidly dishonorable history, one of whose darker chapters. concerns Sam Johnson. James Boswell. and a dour magistrate, Sir John Hawkins. Knt.

Four years before Boswell got his book to the printer. Hawkins published an authoritative biography of Dr. Johnson. Johnson's friends and Hawkins' enemies briskly went to work, and six months after the book was issued in 1787. it was torpedoed and sunk. It went out of print, and...

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