Samuel Johnson

This September marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Johnson, and the tricentenary has seen the publication of another small shelf of biographies of this essential yet enigmatic figure in English literature. DON’T OPEN ANY OF THEM until you have read W. Jackson Bate’s 1975 life, one of most satisfying, absorbing, and inspiring biographies ever written.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.