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Samuel Johnson (1) [1709–1784]

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Samuel Johnson was born in 1709, in Lichfield, England. The son of a bookseller, Johnson briefly attended Pembroke College, Oxford, taught school, worked for a printer, and opened a boarding academy with his wife's money before that failed. Moving to London in 1737, Johnson scratched out a living from writing. He regularly contributed articles and moral essays to journals, including the Gentleman's Magazine, the Adventurer, and the Idler, and became known for his poems and satires in imitation of Juvenal. Between 1750 and 1752, he produced the Rambler almost single-handedly. In 1755 Johnson published Dictionary of the English Language, which secured his place in contemporary literary circles. Johnson wrote Rasselas in a week in 1759, trying to earn money to visit his dying mother. He also wrote a widely-read edition of Shakespeare's plays, as well as Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland and Lives of the Poets. Johnson's writing was so thoughtful, powerful, and influential that he was considered a singular authority on all things literary. His stature attracted the attention of James Boswell, whose biography, Life of Johnson, provides much of what we know about its subject. Johnson died in 1784. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Rasselas 1,619 copies, 27 reviews
Journals of the Western Islands 763 copies, 9 reviews
Lives of the English poets 285 copies, 5 reviews
The Rambler: In Three Volumes 110 copies, 3 reviews
Dr Johnson's Dictionary 42 copies, 1 review
Johnson on Shakespeare 37 copies, 1 review
The Idler 36 copies
The Poems of Samuel Johnson 13 copies, 1 review
Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia 12 copies, 2 reviews
The vulture 7 copies
Two satires 3 copies
Classic tales 2 copies
Arte de la biografía (Contributor) 2 copies
L-Z 1 copy
Essays 1 copy
Historia Studiorum 1 copy, 1 review
Sententies 1 copy
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Editor, some editions; Contributor, some editions) 28,971 copies, 160 reviews
Paradise Lost [Norton Critical Edition] (Contributor, some editions) 2,031 copies, 12 reviews
The Art of the Personal Essay (Contributor) 1,248 copies, 8 reviews
The Complete Works of Horace (Translator, some editions) 768 copies, 8 reviews
Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books (Contributor) 468 copies, 1 review
English Essays: From Sir Philip Sidney to Macaulay (Contributor) 435 copies, 2 reviews
Critical Theory Since Plato (Contributor, some editions) 369 copies, 1 review
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart: A Poetry Anthology (Contributor) 354 copies, 3 reviews
The Poems of Alexander Pope (Editor, some editions) 236 copies, 1 review
Major British Writers, Volumes I and II (Contributor) 114 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book of Travel (Contributor) 106 copies, 1 review
Norton Book of Friendship (Contributor) 89 copies
Shorter novels of the eighteenth century (Contributor) 86 copies, 2 reviews
The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (Editor, some editions) 63 copies, 1 review
The plays of William Shakespeare : in eight volumes (Editor, some editions) 62 copies, 3 reviews
Eighteenth Century Plays (Contributor) 60 copies, 1 review
Shakespeare: Othello (Contributor) 34 copies
Spring: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (Contributor) 26 copies, 1 review
Classic Essays in English (Contributor) 22 copies
Oxford and Oxfordshire in Verse (Contributor) 11 copies
Love & Marriage (Contributor) 2 copies

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