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Samuel Johnson

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Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was born in Lichfield, England. Early in his career he lived by a variety of literary strategies (translation, biography, poetry, pamphleteering, commissions, hackwork) until embarking in 1747 on the greatest project of his career, the singlehanded compilation of the first major dictionary of the English language. Seven torturing, exhausting years of relentless work later it appeared, and his fame and reputation for the first time were assured. Over the succeeding decade Johnson devoted himself largely to essay writing, and in 1759 he published his famous philosophical tale, Rasselas, Or, The Prince of Abyssynia. Recognizing a lifetime of achievement... Read More

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A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland
with The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides
Written by Samuel Johnson and James Boswell
Introduction by Allan Massie


Format: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: March 26, 2002
Price: $23.00

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The Supplicating Voice
The Spiritual Writings of Samuel Johnson
Written by Samuel Johnson


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 2005
Price: $13.00

A unique one-volume selection of Samuel Johnson’s writings on spiritual and moral topics provides an unusually inspiring portrait of the man and his thought.

Most readers know Dr. Johnson (1709—1784) as the formidable compiler of his famous Dictionary and as the witty conversationalist portrayed in Boswell’s Life. By contrast, this book—which draws... Read more >
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