Annal: 1978 National Book Award for Biography

Results of the National Book Award in the year 1978.

Book:Samuel Johnson (Walter Jackson Bate)

Samuel Johnson

Walter Jackson Bate

In this biography—a work that won three of the most prestigious literary prizes this country offers—W. Jackson Bate delves deep into the character that formed Johnson’s awesome intellect and fueled his prodigious output. The first great modern biography of Johnson, it confirms that his statements and judgments on literature, politics, religion, behavior—on all human experience—are as relevant in our age as when they were first uttered.

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