- (1709–84), British lexicographer, writer, critic, and conversationalist; known as Dr. Johnson. A leading figure in the literary London of his day, he is noted particularly for his Dictionary of the English Language (1755), his edition of Shakespeare (1765), and The Lives of the English Poets (1779–81). James Boswell’s biography of Johnson records details of his life and conversation.
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- Barbauld's revisions constitute a methodical and quite radical intervention in authoritative Johnsonian dicta on novels and their readers.
- But then John often seemed to me in the 70s a comically Johnsonian figure, ‘laying down the law’ in witty, well-weighted phrases.
- It is a picture of the Johnsonian milieu quite unlike Boswell's.
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