“The Dictionary of the English Language”.
This Dictionary has also been at times published as Johnson’s Dictionary.
Robert Burchfield the modern lexicographer commented on Johnson’s Dictionary:
In the whole tradition of English Language and literature the only dictionary compiled by a writer of the first rank is that of Dr. Johnson
Samuel Johnson the premier literary figure of mid-eighteenth century was born to Sarah and Michael Johnson on 18th Sep, 1709. Though his father was once sheriff of the town yet, he had to face financial troubles right from birth to his education at Oxford and even later in his literary career. He had caught tuberculosis from his wet nurse and had contracted scrofula too. He could barely see from one eye. Yet the laurels attached to Johnson’s name are immense. Though he had to bear physical, financial hardship he rose to great heights. Had it been any other person it would not have been possible for him to attain so much in the literary field as Johnson. His father when died left him penniless with an inheritance of twenty pounds. Next thirty years for him was a long struggle with poverty. He became incurable hypochondriac. A deep melancholy undertook him. It was under these circumstances that his literary career began with Gentleman’s magazine. In 1738 came his poem ‘London’ with this he became an unknown but notable poet. Slowly he earned a name for himself and it was in these circumstances that Warburton praised him which was no li...
... middle of paper ...
5. Johnson, Samuel. The Plan of an English Dictionary , 1747. Edited :jack Lynch. Downloaded on 22nd Dec https:// andromeda.rutgers.edu/jlynch/Texts/plan.html
6. Johnson, Samuel. The Dictionary of English Language,
Adobe Acrobat Professional dictionaryofeng101johnuoft Pdf. Downloaded on 27th Dec 2013
7. Lane, Margaret (1975), Samuel Johnson & his World, New York: Harper &Row Publishers, ISBN O-O6-O12496-2.
8. Lynch, Jack. Johns Preface to the Dictionary .Downloaded on 22 Dec Andromeda.rutgers.edu/-jlynch/Texts/preface.html
9. Nicholls, Dr. Graham. Johnson reads for the Dictionary, Paper delivered at AGM of the Johnson society at the Guildhall, Litchfield, wed 21 March 2001.
10. Reddick , Allen. The Making of Johnson’s Dictionary 1746-1773 Cambridge University Press, 1990. Print.
11. Smith, Adam. “Review of Johnson’s Dictionary’ Edinburgh Review, 1755.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Samuel Johnson Born on September 18, 1709 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, Samuel Johnson was an English writer who made contributions to literature as a poet, satirist, critic, biographer, and lexicographer. Since Johnson’s parents were bested by financial problems, his childhood was not unrivaled. In spite of Johnson’s misfortune, to prepare “himself for the role as the century’s greatest man of letters,” Samuel Johnson sought education from the books in his father’s shop (Cody 2). Blind in one eye, nearsighted in the other, deaf in one ear, Samuel Johnson contracted scrofula from his wet nurse.... [tags: Dr. Johnson, poet, lexicographer]
1441 words (4.1 pages)
- Samuel Johnson, poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer, made lasting contributions to English literature. Hewas born September 18, 1709 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England in the family home above his wealthy father‘s bookshop. His mother, Sarah Ford was 40 years old when gave birth to him. There was apprehension he would die in infancy but his strength improved. He was overwhelmed with infirmity during his life. As a child he had scrofula, a disease thought to be cured royalty; a physician suggested he be touched by royalty which he received from Queen Anne in 1712.... [tags: Biography]
936 words (2.7 pages)
- Samuel Johnson, poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer, made lasing contributions to English literature was born September 18, 1709 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England in the family home above his wealthy father‘s bookshop. His mother, Sarah Ford was 40 years old when gave birth to him. There was concern he would die in infancy but his health improved. His was plagued with illness throughout his life. As a child he had scrofula, a disease thought to be cured royalty.... [tags: Biography, Personal Life]
976 words (2.8 pages)
- Samuel Johnson, prominent English author, lived a life which was appears to have been unpretentious on the surface, however his life was filled with numerous complications, extreme suffering and massive psychological troubles. Also, despite all the struggles and suffering in his life, he had a “passionate concern for humanity and even said, ‘I have often thought that there has rarely passed a life of which a judicious and faithful narrative would not be useful’” ( Green ). Samuel Johnson was born September 7, 1709 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England in the home above his fifty-two year old father’s struggling bookshop.... [tags: Biography ]
1156 words (3.3 pages)
- Samuel Johnson is revered and considered one of the greatest writers of the eighteenth century. However, when it comes to him as a person many times he is regarded as a being disrespectful, unfair or rude. Yet, there were many instances in his life where he was quite the opposite. However, he was still perceived as being pompous or negatively because he was going against, what was the popular “accepted” culture of the time. There are two situations in particular where he took an unpopular stance on issues, those issues were: women’s rights and slavery.... [tags: English Literature ]
2332 words (6.7 pages)
- « It is truly a miserable thing that we no sooner leave fighting our neighbours, the French, but we must fall to quarrelling among ourselves. » This is how Reverend Samuel Johnson of Connecticut, a key figure of the American Enlightenment, described the rising tension between the American colonists and the British Government in the aftermath of the French and Indian War. A war that paved the way for another war and was at the heart and core of a provocative period during which the Americans endured multiple oppressive methods imposed by Great Britain.... [tags: French and Indian War, American Revolution]
748 words (2.1 pages)
- The Life and Works of Samuel Johnson Samuel Johnson, a prominent English writer of the early eighteenth century, brought vivid life to the literary realm of that era. He is known by many to be a writer of great intellect, thought, and positive influence in the writings of literary to follow. Johnson has been hailed as a literary giant in his day, as well as in present times. Samuel Johnson is a great writer because of the critical approval of specific elements, namely satire, the moral romance, and the biography.... [tags: Papers]
754 words (2.2 pages)
- We cannot say that a writer is great just because his writings are great and have stood the test of time. In other words a writer cannot be termed great only because of his antiquity. Dr. Samuel Johnson says in his "Preface to Shakespeare" that a work of literature is great only when it is worth reading. When it lacks excellence, it will be rejected. A work of literature lives only when it has some value. Its value changes from time to time and from age to age. In spite of this changing attitude of the readers towards a literary work, the work must contain some absolute standards if it has to stand the test of time.... [tags: European Literature]
767 words (2.2 pages)
- Revenge and Release in High School Lexicography Eighteenth Century British literature can be a hard sell for high school students: excepting Gulliver’s Travels, it seems they would rather chew through the ossified gum underneath their desks than the period’s personal essays and heroic couplets. Given their general reaction to the century, studying Dr. Johnson’s lexicography would not seem a sure-fire plan for pedagogical fireworks. Nevertheless, it was; I had underestimated the emotional potential of high school lexicography.... [tags: Education Teaching Lexicography Essays]
1616 words (4.6 pages)
- Samuel Johnson's Escape Samuel Johnson, following in the footsteps of other great English critics, was a great poet. Johnson’s poetry was different from any other writer in the late eighteenth century. He used poetry as a tool for an escape from the reality of life. Johnson would also use poetry as a tool for expression of emotion and praise for accomplishment. When Johnson wrote a poem of praise or to express emotion he would still convey his message beyond reality. He would emphasize an event so immensely that it would seem unrealistic.... [tags: Papers]
1302 words (3.7 pages)