Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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Samuel Johnson (18 September [O.S. 7 September] 1709 – 13 December 1784), often called Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, sermonist, biographer, editor, and lexicographer. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography calls him "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". Born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, he attended Pembroke College, Oxford, until lack of funds forced him to leave. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Johnson has received more than 5,052,897 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Samuel Johnson is the 628th most popular writer (down from 594th in 2019), the 452nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 468th in 2019) and the 52nd most popular British Writer.

Samuel Johnson is most famous for being an English lexicographer, author, and critic.

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Notable Works

The lives of the most eminent English poets
The rambler
The Works of Samuel Johnson
A dictionary of the English language
Language Arts & Disciplines
A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland


Among writers, Samuel Johnson ranks 628 out of 7,302Before him are Alfred Döblin, J. M. Barrie, Poliziano, Mihai Eminescu, Zecharia Sitchin, and August Wilhelm Schlegel. After him are Ludwig Tieck, Nikolay Chernyshevsky, Witold Gombrowicz, Raymond Queneau, Edward Bernays, and Curzio Malaparte.

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Among people born in 1709, Samuel Johnson ranks 3Before him are Elizabeth of Russia, and Julien Offray de La Mettrie. After him are Jacques de Vaucanson, Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Anne, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, Wilhelmine of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, Franz Benda, Gabriel Bonnot de Mably, Georg Wilhelm Steller, Andreas Sigismund Marggraf, and Tokugawa Ietsugu. Among people deceased in 1784, Samuel Johnson ranks 4Before him are Denis Diderot, Count of St. Germain, and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. After him are Phillis Wheatley, Giovanni Battista Martini, Junípero Serra, Torbern Bergman, Otto Friedrich Müller, Princess Friederike Luise of Prussia, Abraham Trembley, and César-François Cassini de Thury.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Samuel Johnson ranks 452 out of 8,785Before him are David Niven (1910), J. M. Barrie (1860), John Rhys-Davies (1944), Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1862), Tim Curry (1946), and Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (1411). After him are Princess Muna al-Hussein (1941), John Knox (1514), Thomas Gainsborough (1727), John Bonham (1948), John Edward Gray (1800), and Thomas Harriot (1560).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Samuel Johnson ranks 52Before him are A. A. Milne (1882), Enid Blyton (1897), Samuel Butler (1835), D. H. Lawrence (1885), John Donne (1572), and J. M. Barrie (1860). After him are Daphne du Maurier (1907), Alexander Pope (1688), Muriel Spark (1918), Martin Amis (1949), Ernest Thompson Seton (1860), and Ian McEwan (1948).