His mother was 40 when she gave birth to Johnson.
See Article History Alternative Title: Johnson Samuel Johnson, byname Dr. Johnson, born September 18,Lichfield, StaffordshireEngland—died December 13,LondonEnglish critic, biographer, essayist, poet, and lexicographer, regarded as one of the greatest figures of 18th-century life and letters.
For future generations, Johnson was synonymous with the later 18th century in England. The disparity between his circumstances and achievement gives his life its especial interest.
From childhood he suffered from a number of physical afflictions. This was succeeded by various medical treatments that left him with disfiguring scars on his face and neck. He was nearly blind in his left eye and suffered from highly noticeable tics that may have been indications of Tourette syndrome.
Johnson was also strong, vigorous, and, after a fashion, athletic. He liked to ride, walk, and swim, even in later life. He was tall and became huge. A few accounts bear witness to his physical strength—as well as his character—such as his hurling an insolent theatregoer together with his seat from the stage into the pit or his holding off would-be robbers until the arrival of the watch.
Bs0u10e01 From his earliest years Johnson was recognized not only for his remarkable intelligence but also for his pride and indolence. In he entered grammar school in Lichfield. At school he made two lifelong friends: Edmund Hector, later a surgeon, and John Taylor, future prebendary of Westminster and justice of the peace for Ashbourne.
In Johnson entered Pembroke College, Oxford. He stayed only 13 months, until Decemberbecause he lacked the funds to continue. Yet it proved an important year. Despite the poverty and pride that caused him to leave, he retained great affection for Oxford. In the following year Johnson became undermaster at Market Bosworth grammar school, a position made untenable by the overbearing and boorish Sir Wolstan Dixie, who controlled appointments.
After failing in his quest for another teaching position, he joined his friend Hector in Birmingham. In or he published some essays in The Birmingham Journal, none of which have survived. Published inthis work shows signs of the mature Johnson, such as his praise of Lobo, in the preface, for not attempting to present marvels: One of his students, David Garrickwould become the greatest English actor of the age and a lifelong friend, though their friendship was not without its strains.
The school soon proved a failure, and he and Garrick left for London in In and he published a series of satiric works that attacked the government of Sir Robert Walpole and even the Hanoverian monarchy: A loose translation, an imitation applies the manner and topics of an earlier poet to contemporary conditions.
The most famous line in the poem and the only one in capitals is: Marmor Norfolciense satirizes Walpole and the house of Hanover.
The latter two works show the literary influence of the Irish writer Jonathan Swift. Johnson at this time clearly supported the governmental opposition, which was composed of disaffected Whigs, Tories, Jacobites those who continued their allegiance to the Stuart line of James IIand Nonjurors those who refused to take either the oath of allegiance to the Hanover kings or the oath of abjuration of James II and the Stuarts.
Despite claims to the contrary, Johnson was neither a Jacobite nor a Nonjuror. His Toryism, which he sometimes expressed for shock value, was based upon his conviction that the Tories could be counted upon to support the Church of England as a state institution.
Later in life he expressed a high regard for Walpole. About this time Johnson tried again to obtain a position as a schoolteacher. He also contradicted his assertion frequently by contributing prefaces and dedications to the books of friends without payment. This undertaking was not without risk because reporting the proceedings of Parliament, which had long been prohibited, was actually punished since the spring of Johnson’s ‘Preface’ is in essence an amazing exercise in descriptive criticism, with an excellent essay on theoretical criticism, the argument against the unities of time and place incorporated in it, and with a long narration on editorial techniques and methods.
Samuel Johnson (18 September [OS 7 September] – 13 December ), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.
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2 Placed against Dr. Johnson's standard of "suitability," Hamlet disturbs the critic. In objecting In objecting to the psychology Shakespeare attributes to Hamlet, Johnson reveals . The best opinions, comments and analysis from The Telegraph.