Archive for January 8, 2016



Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield in 1709. He attended Oxford Univ but was unable to complete his education as a lack of funds which forced him to seek employment. He worked as a teacher and began writing articles for magazines and books.


357px-Samuel_Johnson_by_Joshua_Reynolds (Wikimedia Commons)

Samuel Johnson by Joshua Reynolds (Wikimedia Commons)

In 1755 he published ‘ A dictionary of the English Language’ which was to remain the foremost dictionary of English for the next 150 years, This brought him popularity and success and he began to produce more works spanning the fields of history, biography, literature including commentary on Shakespeare’s plays and travelogues. He came to be regarded as one of the greatest writers of his era. He died in December 1784 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

This monument to Johnson can be found in St Paul’s Cathedral