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Selected Poetry of Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Image of Samuel Johnson

Index to poems

Must helpless man, in ignorance sedate,
Roll darkling down the torrent of his fate?
        (The Vanity of Human Wishes, 343-344)
  1. Drury-lane Prologue Spoken by Mr. Garrick
  2. The Vanity of Human Wishes (excerpt)

Index to prose

  1. Preface to his Edition of Shakespeare's Plays (1765)

Biographical information

Given name: Samuel
Family name: Johnson
Birth date: 18 September 1709
Death date: 13 December 1784
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Michael Johnson
          mother: Sarah Johnson
          wife: Elizabeth Porter Johnson (from 9 July 1735)
          brother: Nathanael Johnson
Languages
          English
          Latin
          Greek
Education
          Lichfield Grammar School: 1719 to 1725
          Stourbridge Grammar School: 1725 to 1726
          Pembroke College, Oxford: 31 October 1728 to 1731
Religion: Anglican
Politics: Tory
Honours
          Honorary M.A., Oxford: 20 February 1755
          Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law, Oxford : 30 March 1775
Patron: Henry Hervey
Literary period: Augustan
Residences
          Lichfield: 18 September 1709
          London: March 1737
Illnesses
          Gout
          Asthma
          Scrofula
          Hypochondria
          Emphysema of the lungs
          Granular disease of the kidneys
          Paralytic Stroke: 17 June 1783
Buried at: Westminster Abbey
First RPO edition: 1996-1997