The Fortunes of Francis Barber, by Michael…

We do not know very much about Francis Barber, Samuel Johnson’s servant — even the portrait we have of him is probably of someone else — but what we do know is well-contained and contextualised in The Fortunes of Francis Barber by Michael Bundock, a book so clear and concise it must count as one of the better Johnson books of recent years. Bundock is a barrister, as well as

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