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Drawing on old maps, contemporary drawings and paintings, portraits and other archive material, the excellent Famous Authors series not only presents a factual outline of the writers lives, but also conveys a clear visual picture of the social and historical background to their writing. Recommended for all ages. THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE

A lexicographer, essayist, poet and critic, Samuel Johnson was the leading writer of the second half of the 18th century, now referred to as the Age of Johnson in recognition of his eminence. Johnson's achievements are so numerous and diverse, they can hardly be described. He wrote the first English dictionary based on historical principles and produced one of the highest regarded editorial editions of Shakespeare s plays. He wrote poetry and magazine essays, biographies and criticisms, all with literary style that provoked discussion and controversy.

James Boswell's Life of Dr. Samuel Johnson revealed and immortalized his brilliant and incisive literary style.

Major Works:: The Rambler (newspaper) (1750-1752), The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (1759), A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), The Adventurer (essays) (1754), The Idler (essays) (1758-1760), Numerous Pamphlets (1770-1775), The Lives of the Poets (1781); Johnson s friend James Boswell wrote his biography (The Life of Dr. Johnson) (1791)


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