"The book looks at various aspects of Johnson's thought and personality and meditates upon their complexity and abiding wisdom. . . . One particularly nice touch is Davis' tendency to compare Johnson with writers of other periods, such as Tolstoy, Bellow, and even Malamud. Generally, our tendency is to see Johnson in a far narrower context than his own range, depth, and importance can justify."
—Richard B. Schwartz, Albion
"A laudable effort . . . Davis's study offers a refreshing and affectionate look at Johnson as a presence."