[These notes were made in 1983; I read an 1899 edition:]. Read for exams. I read this in a schools edition, with lots of nice, simple-minded notes, answering most of my simple-minded questions about historical background and sources of quotations. As for Johnson himself, I found his treatment of the life thorough and opinionated as always -- and just because he's opinionated doesn't mean he's wrong, of course. There's something rather comforting in a biographer who's so sure of himself. I really rather enjoyed this.