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This provocative book exposes what it justly calls 'one of the great hoaxes of literary history.' Its original and wholly substantiated these are that Samuel Johnson was not a Tory, and that in his time Tories weren't Tories anyway-not, at least, in the sense we attach to that term today. . . . Greene's book sheds bright new light on the politics of the period from which our own institutions emerged.

-- Herman W. Liebert ― New York Herald Tribune Book Review

This is an admirable, forthright, trenchant book. . . . Greene has put all who love eighteenth-century scholarship in his debt, and he has given, what so many have failed to do, a new dimension to Johnsonian studies.

-- J. H. Plumb ― Saturday Review

An important book, not merely a contribution to Johnsonian scholarship but necessary reading for political historians.

-- The Economist

Greene not only sheds fresh light on the good Doctor and his character and intellectual equipment but provides some excellent political analysis and definition for students of eighteenth-century history.

-- Caroline Robbins ― Journal of Modern History

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DONALD GREENE is the Leo S. Bing Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Southern California. He has served as editor of several volumes of Johnson's writings and, along with James L. Clifford and John A. Vance, has compiled bibliographies of Johnsonian studies. Among his earlier books is The Age of Exuberance: Backgrounds to Eighteenth-Century English Literature.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Georgia Press; 2nd edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 440 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0820333727
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0820333724
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.22 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.98 x 8.5 inches
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