Samuel Johnson

1709 - 1784

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Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [OS 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, playwright, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor, and lexicographer. Religiously, he was a devout Anglican, and politically a committed Tory. The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography describes Johnson as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Samuel Johnson has received more than 3,579,102 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Samuel Johnson is the 482nd most popular writer (up from 567th in 2019), the 363rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 413th in 2019) and the 48th most popular British Writer.

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

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Among writers, Samuel Johnson ranks 482 out of 5,794Before him are Jostein Gaarder, Imadaddin Nasimi, Edmondo De Amicis, Anaïs Nin, Enheduanna, and Saul Bellow. After him are Laurence Sterne, Athenaeus, Zecharia Sitchin, Sidney Sheldon, Boris Vian, and Mary Higgins Clark.

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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, Georg Wilhelm Steller, Gabriel Bonnot de Mably, Étienne de Silhouette, and Andreas Sigismund Marggraf. Among people deceased in 1784, Samuel Johnson ranks 4Before him are Denis Diderot, Count of St. Germain, and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. After him are Giovanni Battista Martini, Junípero Serra, Torbern Bergman, Phillis Wheatley, Otto Friedrich Müller, Princess Friederike Luise of Prussia, César-François Cassini de Thury, and Abraham Trembley.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Samuel Johnson ranks 363 out of 6,924Before him are John Bowlby (1907), George Michael (1963), James Parkinson (1755), Peter Sellers (1925), Christopher Wren (1632), and Thomas Becket (1119). After him are Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (1411), Thomas Cook (1808), Mary Somerville (1780), Robert Edwards (1925), John Knox (1514), and Edmund I (921).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Samuel Johnson ranks 48Before him are Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), Alexander Pope (1688), Ken Follett (1949), Enid Blyton (1897), Harold Pinter (1930), and Thomas Paine (1737). After him are George Eliot (1819), D. H. Lawrence (1885), Philip Larkin (1922), A. J. Cronin (1896), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), and Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849).