Who is Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [OS 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. He was a devout Anglican and a generous philanthropist. Politically, he was a committed Tory. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Johnson as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is the subject of James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, described by Walter Jackson Bate as "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature".

Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, Johnson attended Pembroke College, Oxford, for just o...
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  • Gnothi Seauton
    When Scaliger, whole years of labour past,
    Beheld his lexicon complete at last
    And weary of his task, with wond'ring eyes,
    Saw, from words pil'd on words, a fabric rise, ...
  • Lines
    Written in Ridicule of Certain Poems
    {of Thomas Warton} Published in 1777.

    Wheresoe'er I turn my view, ...
  • The Winter's Walk
    Behold, my fair, where'er we rove,
    What dreary prospects round us rise,
    The naked hill, the leafless grove,
    The hoary ground, the frowning skies. ...
  • On Seeing A Bust Of Mrs. Montague
    Had this fair figure, which this frame displays,
    Adorn'd in Roman time the brightest days,
    In every dome, in every sacred place,
    Her statue would have breathed an added grace, ...
  • Autumn
    Alas! with swift and silent pace,
    Impatient time rolls on the year;
    The Seasons change, and Nature's face
    Now sweetly smiles, now frowns severe. ...
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