History Creator / SamuelJohnson

19th May '17 6:54:12 PM Fireblood
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-->'''Boswell''': Mr Johnson, I do indeed come from Scotland, [[SelfDeprecation but I cannot help it]].

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-->'''Boswell''': Mr Mr. Johnson, I do indeed come from Scotland, [[SelfDeprecation but I cannot help it]].



* GildedCage: Where Rasselas lives in the opening

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* GildedCage: Where Rasselas lives in the openingopening.



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: His pronouncement on ''Tristram Shandy''

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: His pronouncement on ''Tristram Shandy''Shandy'':



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: In his ''Dictionary'', Johnson defined the word "pastern" as "the knee of a horse".[[note]]it is actually the part of a horse's foot between the fetlock and hoof, corresponding on humans to the part of the foot between the ankle and sole[[/note]]. When asked by a lady how he had come to misdefine the word so badly, he replied, [[OldShame "Ignorance, Madam, pure ignorance."]]

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: In his ''Dictionary'', Johnson defined the word "pastern" as "the knee of a horse".[[note]]it [[note]]It is actually the part of a horse's foot between the fetlock and hoof, corresponding on humans to the part of the foot between the ankle and sole[[/note]]. sole.[[/note]] When asked by a lady how he had come to misdefine the word so badly, he replied, [[OldShame "Ignorance, Madam, pure ignorance."]]



* ''The Just Vengeance'' by Creator/DorothyLSayers

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* ''The Just Vengeance'' by Creator/DorothyLSayersCreator/DorothyLSayers.
8th Dec '16 10:48:35 PM Xtifr
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'''Samuel Johnson''' (1709 - 1784) was an English writer, noted for his SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, his political and social conservatism, his gruff irascibility, and his confident literary and moral judgement. His works include ''A Dictionary of the English Language''[[note]]not actually the first, as is commonly believed, but it was by far the best and remained so for 173 years after its publication[[/note]] (which included such famous definitions as "N[-ETWORK-] -- ''Any thing reticulated or decussated, at equal distances, with interstices between the intersections''" and "O[-ATS-] -- ''A grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people''"); critical work, including an important annotated edition of the works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare; essays, published mostly in ''The Rambler'' and ''The Idler''; several poems (one of which, ''The Vanity of Human Wishes'', is awesome;) and a novella, ''The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia''. He also wrote a popular book about his travels in Western and Northern Scotland, which at the time was considered by English readers a remote, exotic and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobite_Rising rather scary]] place. He also wrote a play, ''Irene'', which was quite a success at the time but which has almost never been performed since its premiere, because it's very boring.

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'''Samuel Johnson''' Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784) was an English writer, noted for his SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, his political and social conservatism, his gruff irascibility, and his confident literary and moral judgement. His works include ''A Dictionary of the English Language''[[note]]not actually the first, as is commonly believed, but it was by far the best and remained so for 173 years after its publication[[/note]] (which included such famous definitions as "N[-ETWORK-] -- ''Any thing reticulated or decussated, at equal distances, with interstices between the intersections''" and "O[-ATS-] -- ''A grain which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people''"); critical work, including an important annotated edition of the works of Creator/WilliamShakespeare; essays, published mostly in ''The Rambler'' and ''The Idler''; several poems (one of which, ''The Vanity of Human Wishes'', is awesome;) and a novella, ''The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia''. He also wrote a popular book about his travels in Western and Northern Scotland, which at the time was considered by English readers a remote, exotic and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobite_Rising rather scary]] place. He also wrote a play, ''Irene'', which was quite a success at the time but which has almost never been performed since its premiere, because it's very boring.
3rd Nov '16 7:00:22 PM 04tele
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-->The Knowledge of Life was indeed his chief Attainment, and it is not without some Satisfaction, that I can produce the Suffrage of ''Savage'' in favour of human Nature, of which he never appeared to entertain such odious Ideas, as some who perhaps had neither his Judgement nor Experience have published, either in [[SmallNameBigEgo Ostentation of their Sagacity]], [[HobbesWasRight Vindication of their Crimes]], or [[DidYouActuallyBelieve Gratification of their Malice]].

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-->The Knowledge of Life was indeed his chief Attainment, and it is not without some Satisfaction, that I can produce the Suffrage of ''Savage'' in favour of human Nature, of which he never appeared to entertain such odious Ideas, as some who perhaps had neither his Judgement Judgment nor Experience have published, either in [[SmallNameBigEgo Ostentation of their Sagacity]], [[HobbesWasRight Vindication of their Crimes]], or [[DidYouActuallyBelieve Gratification of their Malice]].
3rd Nov '16 6:59:43 PM 04tele
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-->The knowledge of life was indeed his chief attainment; and it is not without some satisfaction that I can produce the suffrage of Savage in favour of human nature, of which he never appeared to entertain such odious ideas as some, who perhaps had neither his judgement nor experience, have published, either in [[SmallNameBigEgo ostentation of their sagacity]], [[HobbesWasRight vindication of their crimes]], or [[DidYouActuallyBelieve gratification of their malice]].

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-->The knowledge Knowledge of life Life was indeed his chief attainment; Attainment, and it is not without some satisfaction Satisfaction, that I can produce the suffrage Suffrage of Savage ''Savage'' in favour of human nature, Nature, of which he never appeared to entertain such odious ideas Ideas, as some, some who perhaps had neither his judgement Judgement nor experience, Experience have published, either in [[SmallNameBigEgo ostentation Ostentation of their sagacity]], Sagacity]], [[HobbesWasRight vindication Vindication of their crimes]], Crimes]], or [[DidYouActuallyBelieve gratification Gratification of their malice]].Malice]].
12th Aug '16 8:13:24 PM nombretomado
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** On the AmericanRevolution:

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19th Jul '16 2:53:11 PM morenohijazo
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* DefectorFromParadise: ''A History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia'' is a fictionalized account of the titular prince's despair at being kept in the Happy Valley and given everything he could ever want. [[spoiler: He eventually manages to escape his homeland and goes to Egypt]]. His dissatisfaction is best exemplified in the page's quote.
19th Jun '16 2:03:30 PM nombretomado
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* Both Johnson and his friend Boswell make an appearance towards the end of ThomasPynchon's ''Mason & Dixon''.

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* Both Johnson and his friend Boswell make an appearance towards the end of ThomasPynchon's Creator/ThomasPynchon's ''Mason & Dixon''.
11th Jun '16 1:11:18 AM Morgenthaler
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As a critic, Johnson believed strongly in logic and decorum (in the 18th century sense of probable characterization) in literary works; moreover, he believed that they should be judged on moral as well as artistic grounds. He was a firm Classicist who wrote a considerable number of his poems in Latin, and insofar as the incipient Romantic movement crossed his radar at all, he had a strong distaste for it. The Romantics returned the disfavour, disparaging him as "Ursa Major -- the [[BearsAreBadNews Great Bear]]"; Elizabeth Browning wrote of his ''Lives of the English Poets'' that he "wrote the lives of the poets and left out the poets!".[[note]]To be fair to Johnson, he was commissioned to write the ''Lives'' by a consortium of booksellers and they, not he, got to decide who was included, which is why it's overwhelmingly about 17th and 18th century poets and doesn't cover anyone earlier than Milton.[[/note]] Later writers such as TSEliot and [[WaitingForGodot Samuel Beckett]] have been admirers of Johnson's work, especially for its emphasis on the [[StoicWoobie importance of enduring suffering]].

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As a critic, Johnson believed strongly in logic and decorum (in the 18th century sense of probable characterization) in literary works; moreover, he believed that they should be judged on moral as well as artistic grounds. He was a firm Classicist who wrote a considerable number of his poems in Latin, and insofar as the incipient Romantic movement crossed his radar at all, he had a strong distaste for it. The Romantics returned the disfavour, disparaging him as "Ursa Major -- the [[BearsAreBadNews Great Bear]]"; Elizabeth Browning wrote of his ''Lives of the English Poets'' that he "wrote the lives of the poets and left out the poets!".[[note]]To be fair to Johnson, he was commissioned to write the ''Lives'' by a consortium of booksellers and they, not he, got to decide who was included, which is why it's overwhelmingly about 17th and 18th century poets and doesn't cover anyone earlier than Milton.[[/note]] Later writers such as TSEliot Creator/TSEliot and [[WaitingForGodot Samuel Beckett]] Creator/SamuelBeckett have been admirers of Johnson's work, especially for its emphasis on the [[StoicWoobie importance of enduring suffering]].
26th Mar '16 9:23:30 AM Fireblood
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* CreatorBacklash: He experienced this with his only play, ''Irene''. He worked on it for ''23 years'' and confidently expected it to be a big hit. When it was finally produced it was successful, but nobody ever did it again. Years later, Johnson was at a party where someone was reading from it. After listening for a while, Johnson left the room. A friend followed and asked him what was wrong. He said [[SelfDeprecation "Sir, I thought it had been better."]]
9th Feb '16 3:34:39 PM Adept
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* In ''VanityFair'', Miss Pinkerton makes much of having met Dr. Johnson in her youth, and gives a copy of his dictionary to favoured students -- she is much shocked when Becky Sharp hurls her copy back in disdain.

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* In ''VanityFair'', ''Literature/VanityFair'', Miss Pinkerton makes much of having met Dr. Johnson in her youth, and gives a copy of his dictionary to favoured students -- she is much shocked when Becky Sharp hurls her copy back in disdain.
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