Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Timothy Wilson-Smith / Jul 24, 2019

Samuel Johnson Samuel Johnson is one of the pre eminent figures of th century English letters A poet essayist critic journalist and lexicographer Johnson was formidably productive and wide ranging He

  • Title: Samuel Johnson
  • Author: Timothy Wilson-Smith
  • ISBN: 9781904341819
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • Samuel Johnson 1709 1784 is one of the pre eminent figures of 18th century English letters A poet, essayist, critic, journalist and lexicographer, Johnson was formidably productive and wide ranging He was also a legendary wit and conversationalist, whose sharp tongued pronouncements and many eccentricities are well recorded in Boswell s classic Life In 1755, he publisSamuel Johnson 1709 1784 is one of the pre eminent figures of 18th century English letters A poet, essayist, critic, journalist and lexicographer, Johnson was formidably productive and wide ranging He was also a legendary wit and conversationalist, whose sharp tongued pronouncements and many eccentricities are well recorded in Boswell s classic Life In 1755, he published the first proper dictionary of the English language, defining some 40,000 words with great verve In it, he defined a lexicographer as a harmless drudge His essays on Shakespeare, his Lives of the Poets and his extensive periodical essays were all seminal works in their field and his philosophical romance Rasselas 1759 is as pungent today as ever.

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