Johnson’s parents were egotistical of his confirmed signs of intelligence as a child. He had the aptitude to memorize and recite passages at a young age. While attending Lichfield Grammar school he began to have tics and started making odd gestures which would affect how people would consider him when meeting him. He excelled in his studies as a grammar school student, especially Latin, and was advanced to upper school at the age of nine. When he was 16 years old his future was indecisive as a result of his father being deeply in debt which resulted in him working in his father’s bookshop stitching books. He would read an assortment of works and build his literary knowledge during this time. Three years later, his mother’s cousin died, leaving the family enough money to send Johnson back to sch...
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...tude he had experienced since his wife's death in 1752. In 1765 Johnson published an eight-volume edition of the works of William Shakespeare. Johnson's last great work, was the ten-volume Prefaces, Biographical and Critical, to the Works of the English Poets (also known as the Lives of the Poets ), is a series of biographical and critical studies of fifty-two English poets. Johnson’s last years were distressed by the deaths of his friends Dr. Robert Levett, and Thrale, and by a disagreement with Thrale's widow concerning her remarriage which seemed to Johnson, unsuitable haste. Following a series of illnesses, he died on December 13, 1784 and was buried at Westminster Abby. Following his death, Johnson become recognized as having a lasting effect on literary criticism and as the only great critic of English Literature.
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