Questions tagged [samuel-johnson]

Questions about the English poet, essayist and lexicographer Samuel Johnson (1709–1874) and his works, including "A Dictionary of the English Language" (1755).

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
1answer
101 views

What's Samuel Johnson truly saying about Dryden and Pope?

Samuel Johnson wrote the following comparison between Dryden and Pope: Pope had perhaps the judgment of Dryden; but Dryden certainly wanted the diligence of Pope. In acquired knowledge the ...
1
vote
1answer
225 views

Why did Johnson scoff those “who toil at the lower employments of life” in the preface to his dictionary?

Brooks Landon M.A. Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) (2013).     In a fitting close to ...