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  BBC - BBC Four - Samuel Johnson Prize 2008
BBC - BBC Four - Samuel Johnson Prize 2008
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Samuel Johnson Prize.
BBC Four will also broadcast The Contenders, a compilation of short films about each of the shortlisted books, which will include interviews with the authors.
www.bbc.co.uk /bbcfour/books/features/samueljohnson   (197 words)

  Samuel Johnson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Johnson, was one of England's greatest literary figures: a poet, essayist, biographer, lexicographer and often considered the finest critic of English literature.
Johnson proceeded to attack the claims that James Macpherson's Ossian poems were translations of ancient Scottish literature, on the false basis that the Scottish Gaelic language "never was a written language." However, Johnson also aided Scottish Gaelic by calling for a Bible translation, which was produced soon afterward.
The Achievement of Samuel Johnson (1978), and Samuel Johnson (1977).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Samuel_Johnson   (1532 words)

 Samuel Johnson - LoveToKnow 1911
To Johnson, however, whose passions were strong, whose eyesight was too weak to distinguish rouge from natural bloom, and who had seldom or never been in the same room with a woman of real fashion, his, Tetty, as he called her, was the most beautiful, graceful and accomplished of her sex.
Johnson, not content with turning filthy savages, ignorant of their letters, and gorged with raw steaks cut from living cows, into philosophers as eloquent and enlightened as himself or his friend Burke, and into ladies as highly accomplished as Mrs Lennox or Mrs Sheridan, transferred the whole domestic system of England to Egypt.
Johnson was very ill in his lodgings during the summer, but he still corresponded affectionately with his "mistress" and received many favours from her.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Samuel_Johnson   (11144 words)

 William Samuel Johnson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Samuel Johnson was well educated, and his knowledge of the law led him to oppose taxation without representation as a violation of the colonists' rights as Englishmen, but his strong ties with Great Britain made renunciation of the King personally reprehensible.
Johnson was first attracted to the Patriot cause by what he and his associates considered Parliament's unwarranted interference in the government of the colonies.
Johnson had become president of Columbia College in 1787, and when the federal government moved from New York to Philadelphia at the end of the First Congress, he retired from public office to retain his position at the school.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/William_Samuel_Johnson   (1308 words)

 The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page: Brief Biography
Samuel Johnson's life covers many points, but it's a story about overcoming considerable adversity, to ultimately become one of the best known men of his age.
Johnson was not a healthy infant, and there was considerable question as to whether he would survive: he was baptized almost immediately.
Johnson was scarred from scrofula, and suffered a loss of hearing and was blind in one eye, thanks largely to nursing from a tubercular nursemaid.
www.samueljohnson.com /briefbio.html   (781 words)

 Johnson, Samuel, English author. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Johnson’s first work of lasting importance, and the one that permanently established his reputation in his own time, was his Dictionary of the English Language (1755), the first comprehensive lexicographical work on English ever undertaken.
Johnson’s Lives of the Poets (1779–1781), his last major work, comprises ten small volumes of acute criticism, characterized, as is all of Johnson’s work, by both classical values and sensitive perception.
Johnson, as he is universally known, was England’s first full-dress man of letters, and his mind and personality helped to create the traditions that have guided English taste and criticism.
www.bartleby.com /65/jo/JohnsonEng.html   (690 words)

 Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfeld as the son of a bookseller.
Johnson's working method as a writer was complex: he first made a rough draft, then "turned over in his mind all the Latin words into which the sentence could be formed.
Johnson's financial situation was weak, although the work as a whole remained without rival until the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary (1884-1928), initially compiled by James Murray (1837-1915).
www.kirjasto.sci.fi /samuelj.htm   (1396 words)

 From Revolution to Reconstruction: Biographies: William Samuel Johnson
William Samuel Johnson was the son of Samuel Johnson, the first president of King's College (later Columbia College and University).
Johnson took part in the new government, in the U.S. Senate where he contributed to passage of the Judiciary Act of 1789.
Johnson retired from the college in 1800, a few years after his wife died, and in the same year wed Mary Brewster Beach, a relative of his first bride.
odur.let.rug.nl /~usa/B/wsjohnson/johnson.htm   (593 words)

 Samuel Johnson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Samuel was graduated at Yale in 1714, and in 1716, when the college was removed from Saybrook to New Haven, he became one of its tutors.
Johnson had not been long settled at Stratford when he felt called upon to engage with his pen in the defence of episcopacy.
Johnson received the degree of M. from both Oxford and Cambridge in 1723, and that of D.D. from the former in 1743.
famousamericans.net /samueljohnson   (1414 words)

Samuel Johnson was born the son of Michael and Sarah Johnson in Lichfield, a small town in the midlands about 16 miles north of Birmingham on the 18th September (7th September Old Style) 1709.
Johnson was often afflicted by bouts of melancholy which, in correspondence, he and his friends referred to as 'Black Dog'.
Johnson's style was, however, considerably more robust than the sort of charmers and compliment spinners to whom the epithet 'wit' is often applied.
www.lichfieldrambler.co.uk /johnson.htm   (629 words)

 Samuel Johnson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Publisher Robert Dodsley suggested to Johnson that a dictionary of the English language might be a successful venture and proposed the Earl of Chesterfield as a patron.
Johnson's query, "Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern upon a man struggling for life in the water, and when he has reached ground encumbers him with help?" recalls the dependency of authors on patronage throughout the eighteenth century.
Johnson embarked on his Plan alone, although what he had projected to be the work of three years required eight, and the Dictionary only appeared in 1755.
www.lib.udel.edu /ud/spec/exhibits/treasures/english/johnson.html   (161 words)

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Johnson's grotesque appearance did not prevent her from saying to her daughter on their first introduction, ``This is the most sensible man I ever met.'' Her praises were, we may believe, sweeter to him than those of the severest critics, or the most fervent of personal flatterers.
To Johnson he was known as the nobleman who had a wide social influence as an acknowledged _arbiter elegantiarum,_ and who reckoned among his claims some of that literary polish in which the earlier generation of nobles had certainly been superior to their successors.
Johnson corked the bottle, and a discussion of ways and means brought out the manuscript of the _Vicar of Wakefield._ Johnson looked into it, took it to a bookseller, got sixty pounds for it, and returned to Goldsmith, who paid his rent and administered a sound rating to his landlady.
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 Samuel Johnson, Writer
Johnson was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, in 1709.
Johnson reports that he "began to read it expecting to find it a dull book (as such books generally are), and perhaps to laugh at it.
A problem for Johnson was that, although he had no trouble seeing that his attitude toward God ought to be one of trust and dependency, his constant struggle since infancy with his physical disabilities had instilled in him a strong habit of self-reliance and rejection of help from others.
justus.anglican.org /resources/bio/20.html   (6240 words)

 Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum
Samuel Johnson, one of the most famous figures of the 18th century, was born in the city on the 18th September 1709.
By arrangement with the Royal Mint, the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum has obtained a limited stock of the Johnson 50p coin and these will be available to the public from 12.30pm on Saturday 24th September, the annual Johnson Birthday celebrations.
The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum is open daily from 10.30 to 4.30pm till the end of September and 12noon-4pm from 1st October.
www.lichfield.gov.uk /sjmuseum   (1076 words)

 Samuel Johnson Quotes
Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 A student may easily exhaust his life in comparing divines and moralists without any practical regard to morals and religion; he may be learning not to live but to reason...
Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 It is by affliction chiefly that the heart of man is purified, and that the thoughts are fixed on a better state.
Feast of Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Commemoration of Samuel Johnson, Writer, Moralist, 1784 O God, Who hast ordained that whatever is to be desired, should be sought by labor, and Who, by Thy blessing, bringest honest labor to good effect; look with mercy upon my studies and endeavors.
www.worldofquotes.com /author/Samuel-Johnson/1/index.html   (1489 words)

 Masters of Chiasmus - Dr. Samuel Johnson
Johnson wrote this in a prologue for the 1747 opening of the Drury Lane Theatre in London.
While Johnson is remembered for being a great wit and wordsmith, he was also a big, physically awkward man who could be slovenly in appearance and uncouth in language.
Boswell was not pleased with the influence Johnson had on her husband, and this was how she chose to express her feelings after a recent Johnson visit to their home.
www.chiasmus.com /mastersofchiasmus/johnson.shtml   (1733 words)

 Johnson Society of London - a Samuel Johnson bibliography   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Samuel Johnson lived by his pen from the age of 28 until he received a pension at the age of 53.
John Wain's Samuel Johnson (London, revised edn, 1988) is a readable and sympathetic biography.
This two-volume bibliography by the leading Johnson scholar, the late J D Fleeman of Pembroke College, Oxford, records Johnson's literary output in chronological order and traces the development of his career and reputation as a professional writer.
www.nbbl.demon.co.uk /JSL7.html   (1667 words)

 Samuel Johnson - Wikiquote
Dr Samuel Johnson (18 September [7 September O.S. 13 December 1784) was a British author, linguist and lexicographer.
Johnson observed, that "he did not care to speak ill of any man behind his back, but he believed the gentleman was an attorney.
Johnson was observed by a musical friend of his to be extremely inattentive at a concert, whilst a celebrated solo player was running up and down the divisions and subdivisions of notes upon his violin.
en.wikiquote.org /wiki/Samuel_Johnson   (4999 words)

 Samuel Johnson
Beginners might start with my Guide to Samuel Johnson, which includes introductions to Johnson and his works and selected bibliographies on some of the major works.
The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page — The best place to start to identify quotations attributed to Johnson.
Samuel Johnson and the Impact of Print (Princeton Univ. Press)
andromeda.rutgers.edu /~jlynch/Johnson   (248 words)

 The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Over 1,800 quotes from Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), one of the most quoted men of the 18th century.
—Samuel Johnson, on the behavior of the British colonists in America; "An Introduction to the Political State of Great Britain.
Samuel Johnson (often referred to as "Doctor Johnson"), literary titan of the 18th century — essayist, lexicographer, poet, editor, critic, and famous talker — is the second most quoted person in the English language, after Shakespeare.
www.samueljohnson.com   (152 words)

 The Johnson Society of London Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Society, which was founded in 1928, is made up of people with interests in the life and work of Samuel Johnson, his circle and his times.
The Johnson Society of Australia, established in 1993 and very active.
The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite page, a collection of numerous quotations from Johnson.
www.nbbl.demon.co.uk   (288 words)

 The Johnson Society of Australia
The 14th annual seminar of the JSA was held at the English Speaking Union in Melbourne on Saturday June 17.
A feature of the program was a rehearsed reading of Johnson’s play Irene by a cast from the Shakespeare Society, and among the papers was a stirring account of the female gladiators and boxers of 18th Century London, by Genny Gebhardt, who travelled from Seattle in the US to speak at the seminar.
Scholars and book collectors have always had some sort of access to Samuel Johnson’s essays, but this is the first popular edition of his most characteristic mode of writing since 1957, when a volume of selections from The Rambler was published in the famous Everyman’s Library.
jsaust.com   (367 words)

 Poet: Samuel Johnson - All poems of Samuel Johnson
Poet: Samuel Johnson - All poems of Samuel Johnson
Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, March 28, 1776 (1791).
Hundreds of Samuel Johnson quotes/extracts, indexed by theme and searchable.
www.poemhunter.com /samuel-johnson/poet-3119   (321 words)

 Hyde Collection of Doctor Samuel Johnson - Collections - Houghton Library - Harvard College Library   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson is the bequest of Mary, Viscountess Eccles (1912-2003).
Assembled over a 60-year period, the Hyde Collection, with Johnson at its center, encompasses letters, manuscripts, first editions, portraits, and even his silver teapot.
It includes half of Johnson's surviving letters; several drafts of his "Plan for a Dictionary" and the few surviving manuscript entries; and is comprehensive in its coverage of Johnson's published works.
hcl.harvard.edu /libraries/houghton/collections/hyde.html   (219 words)

 Lynch, A Guide to Samuel Johnson   (Site not responding. Last check: )
dissertation largely on Johnson — have convinced me to put together a few paragraphs to introduce novices to Johnson.
Still, it might be useful for people who've received no more formal introduction to Johnson studies.
I don't pretend for a minute that this guide is anywhere near complete or comprehensive — it was prepared off the top of my head.
andromeda.rutgers.edu /~jlynch/Johnson/Guide   (203 words)

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