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'A solidly constructed literary biography that makes judicious use of sources sidelined by Boswell, as well as later academic findings'―GUARDIAN
'Well-researched, fully annotated and judiciously expressed... Peter Martin's volume is a worthy addition to everyone's shelf of Johnsoniana'―LITERARY REVIEW
'Peter Martin has written a very smart and well-researched book'―SPECTATOR
'It would be nice if [Martin's] SAMUEL JOHNSON won the 2009 Samuel Johnson. I think it has a chance'―OBSERVER
Peter Martin was born in Argentina of English parents and educated there and in America. He has taught English literature in both England and America and written extensively on 18th-century British and American literature and culture. He divides his time between southern Spain and West Sussex.