Samuel Johnson and James Boswell were two figures of eighteenth-century literature who wrote highly influential works.
Listen to Georgia explore Johnson’s dictionary - a publication that remained the single most authoritative English dictionary for over 150 years.
We also learn about Boswell’s biography of Johnson, one of the first biographies in English to attempt to show the completeness of a person’s character rather than only revealing their positive attributes.
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Samuel Johnson. A dictionary of the English language, 1765. Click to see in detail on Kura Heritage Collections Online.
James Boswell. The life of Samuel Johnson, 1793.
Johnson and Boswell reading list
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