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Paul Johnson is a historian whose work ranges over the millennia and the whole gamut of human activities. His History of Christianity and History of the Jews describe the religious dimension, his Modern Times encapsulates the twentieth century, and his Art, A New History is the story of visual culture in all its forms from the cave painters to today. He regularly writes book reviews for several UK magazines and newspapers, such as the Literary Review and the Spectator, and he lectures around the world. He lives in London.
Johnson masterfully weaves a narrative line among the figures, many of whom don t spring to mind as comic, with a deep appreciation for their wit in writing, filmmaking, painting, and living. --Booklist (starred review) "Johnson masterfully weaves a narrative line among the figures, many of whom don't spring to mind as comic, with a deep appreciation for their wit in writing, filmmaking, painting, and living."--Booklist (starred review) "A rich set of essays . . . . Johnson casts a wide net and he hauls in good material . . . . Fine anecdotes, examples, and insights . . . . Handsomely written."--The Economist "Johnson assembles a truly enlightening and readable history of humor."--Washington Post "Warmly appealing . . . . This book's long view, and its deep eccentricities, are what give it a burnished glow . . . . It's a pleasure to sit around the gently crackling fire that is Mr. Johnson's mind."--New York Times