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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,...read more
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, King George III in 1762 was persuaded to award him an annual pension. It was not until 1763 that Johnson met his future biographer, James Boswell. For the last 21 years of his life Dr. Johnson's wit and conversation would circulate ever more widely, taking on even mythic proportions. During this period he also published his magnificent Lives of the English Poets, a crowning work of brilliant criticism.

Owen Chadwick, Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History and Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge University, 1956-83, is the author of many important works of church history including A History of Christianity and A History of the Popes.

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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

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The Supplicating Voice

The Spiritual Writings of Samuel Johnson

Written by Samuel Johnson