Memorable Quotations:
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Memorable Quotations: Samuel Johnson
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Samuel Johnson (1709–84) was an English author and the foremost literary scholar and critic of his day. He helped to define the celebrated period of English literature known as the Augustan Age and is as renowned for his sparkling conversation as for his writing. He began writing for London magazines around 1737, on literary and political subjects. The anonymously published poem London (1738) earned the praise of Alexander Pope, and his reputation was further heightened by his poetic satire The Vanity of Human Wishes (1749) and his moral essays in The Rambler (1750–52). Johnson's position was permanently guaranteed by his remarkable Dictionary of the English Language (1755), the first comprehensive English lexicon. Rasselas, a moral romance, appeared in 1759, and the Idler essays between 1758 and 1760. In 1763 Johnson met James Boswell, and his life thereafter is documented in Boswell's great biography (1791). With Joshua Reynolds he founded (1764) “The Club”; this exclusive gathering, with such members as Oliver Goldsmith, Edmund Burke, and David Garrick, was dominated by Johnson, whose wit and aphorisms are still remembered. In 1765 he published his edition of Shakespeare, the model for later editions. His last works include an account (1775) of a trip with Boswell to the Hebrides and the perceptive 10-volume Lives of the Poets (1779–81). He was England's first complete man of letters, and his influence was inestimable.

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