Item description for Johnson (Life&Times) by Timothy Wilson Smith...
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) is one of the pre-eminent figures of 18th century English letters. A poet, essayist, critic, journalist and lexicographer, Johnson was formidably productive and wide-ranging. He was also a legendary wit and conversationalist, whose sharp-tongued pronouncements and many eccentricities are well-recorded in Boswell's classic Life. In 1755, he published the first proper dictionary of the English language, defining some 40,000 words with great verve. (In it, he defined a lexicographer as a 'harmless drudge'.) His essays on Shakespeare, his Lives of the Poets and his extensive periodical essays were all seminal works in their field and his philosophical romance Rasselas (1759) is as pungent today as ever.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Publisher Haus Publishing
ISBN 1904341810 ISBN13 9781904341819
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More About Timothy Wilson Smith
Timothy Wilson-Smith was a writer and lecturer and was assistant master at Eton College for 36 years, where he taught History, English and Art History. He sadly died just after the hardback edition of this book was published.