Samuel Johnson’s Birthday: Google celebrates Samuel Johnson’s 308th birthday with a Doodle. An English writer who made permanent contributions to English literature as a poet, moralist, essayist, literary critic, lexicographer, biographer and editor. After the nine years of work, Samuel Johnson published a Dictionary of the English Language in 1755. He was the premier English dictionary until the publication of the Oxford English Dictionary 150 years later. It was characterized as “one of the greatest single achievements of scholarship,” and had a far-reaching effect on modern English. It was colossal at almost 18 inches tall.
Samuel Johnson’s dictionary was more than just a word list with a work provided a comprehensive understanding of 18th century’s language and culture. His lasting contributions ensured him a place in literary history.
He wrote The Gentleman’s Magazine when he moved to London after he was working as a teacher. He also works in the biography Life of The Vanity of Human Wishes, and the play Irene, Mr Richard Savage, the poems London.
In the 18th century, Samuel Johnson’s behaviour and mannerism documented in detail that they have informed the post-mortem diagnosis of Tourette syndrome, a condition not defined and diagnosed. After a series of seizures, he died on 13 December 1784 at evening and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
In the years following his death, he started to be recognised as having had a lasting effect on literary criticism and claimed by some to be the only great critic of English literature.
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