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Samuel Johnson

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Samuel Johnson


Born
in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England
September 18, 1709

Died
December 13, 1784

Genre

Influences


People note British writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson, known as "Doctor Johnson," for his Dictionary of the English Language (1755), for Lives of the Poets (1781), and for his series of essays, published under the titles The Rambler (1752) and The Idler (1758).

Beginning as a journalist on Grub street, this English author made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, novelist, literary critic, biographer, and editor. People described Johnson as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history." James Boswell subjected him to Life of Samuel Johnson , one of the most celebrated biographies in English. This biography alongside other biographies, documented behavior and
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Quotes by Samuel Johnson  (?)
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“Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last.”
Samuel Johnson, Works of Samuel Johnson

“I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.”
Samuel Johnson

“He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.”
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