Louis Kronenberger (ed.), The Portable Johnson and Boswell. This one’s for OGIC, who’s teetering on the edge of reading James Boswell’s magisterial but long-winded Life of Samuel Johnson. In 1955 Louis Kronenberger abridged Boswell’s Life for the Viking Portable series, filling out the volume with a judicious selection of other writings by Johnson and Boswell. This now-forgotten book, which has been out of print for years and years, is an excellent way to experience the Life without braving its occasional longueurs. Used copies are blessedly easy to find (TT).

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