Samuel Johnson – writer, essayist, poet, biographer, lexicographer – is the greatest literary man you’ve never heard of.
I’m writing a book about the 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson. Not a scholarly biography. Not a critique of his works. Not an abstract theory about his life or literary style. It’s more of an appreciation, a personal take on why Johnson is a writer and a man that more people should know about. He produced the first ever modern dictionary of English, with himself as sole editor and only six assistants….