Dr. Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, on the 18th of September 1709. He went to Oxford University for a short while, but his time there was cut short when his money ran out. It was then that his career as a writer began.
Johnson moved to London in 1737 and worked as a journalist before he was commissioned to write his greatest work, Dictionary of the English Language. This took him 8 years to complete and was a great success. Johnson’s financial troubles ended when he was granted a pension by King George III in appreciation of the dictionary. Johnson died on the 13th of December 1784 when he was 75 years old.
Samuel Johnson made major contributions in the fields of poetry, essay writing, morality, literary criticism and lexicography. Test your knowledge of this influential character by playing our quiz.
What was the title of Johnson's last major work, published in 1781 - Lives of the Most Eminent...?
What was the title of Johnson's 1770 political pamphlet attacking the English radical, John Wilkes?
The False Alarm
The False Dawn
The False Identity
The False Promise
In what year did Johnson publish his Dictionary of the English Language?
In 1775 Johnson published his account of a journey he and Boswell had made two years earlier to where?
What pen name did Johnson use in a series of essays he wrote for the Universal Chronicle between 1758 and 1760?
In which English cathedral city was Johnson born in 1709?
What was Johnson's father's profession?
What was the first name of Johnson's biographer, Boswell?
What was the title of the periodical published by Johnson from 1750 until 1752?
Who played Johnson on in the Blackadder the Third episode, Ink and Incapability?