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Title: Dr. Samuel Johnson – Life, Works

Dr. Samuel Johnson – Life, Works
  • English poet, biographer, critic, lexicographer Lichfield in Staffordshire in 1709
  • Affected by Scrofula First major work – London


  • Heroic couplet 1738
  • London: A poem in Imitation of the Third Satire of Juvenal Corruption in the court of King George II 18th century England

Preface to the Plays of William Shakespeare

  • 1765
  • Classical document
  • Shakespeare as ‘Poet of Nature’
  • Characters in drama Combination of comedy and tragedy
  • Faults

Lives of the Poets

  • 52 poets Ordered by date of death
  • 17th and 18th century poets 3 parts

A Dictionary of the English Language

  • 1755
  • 9 years to complete
  • 40000 words History of language
  • Grammar Vocabulary
  • Definition in detail


Dr. Johnson՚s Dictionary was published in

A. 1755

B. 1756

C. 1855

D. 1890

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