History Creator / SamuelJohnson

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.
22nd Jan '16 11:48:31 PM Fireblood
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* RichBoredom: Rasselas's motive

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* RichBoredom: Rasselas's motivemotive.



* ''The Judgement of Dr. Johnson'' by Creator/GKChesterton

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* ''The Judgement of Dr. Johnson'' by Creator/GKChestertonCreator/GKChesterton.
16th Nov '15 8:52:21 AM FF32
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* "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E2InkAndIncapability Ink and Incapability]]", an episode of ''{{Blackadder}} the Third''.

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* "[[Recap/BlackadderS3E2InkAndIncapability Ink and Incapability]]", an episode of ''{{Blackadder}} ''Series/{{Blackadder}} the Third''.
5th Apr '15 2:06:54 PM JulianLapostat
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: His pronouncement on ''Tristram Shandy''
--> "Nothing odd will do long. Tristram Shandy did not last."
6th Jan '15 1:48:35 AM 04tele
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* StealthInsult: The ''Letter to Chesterfield'' has one at the end, using the conventions of 18th century letter writing to covertly declare his independence from patronage:
-->[...] for I have been long wakened from that dream of hope, in which I once boasted myself with such exaltation,
-->My Lord,
-->Your lordship's most humble,
-->most obedient servant,
-->SAM. JOHNSON.[[note]]Note that Johnson didn't refer to himself as "Sam"; he was just using a convention of not spelling out his entire first name.[[/note]]
6th Jan '15 1:48:35 AM 04tele
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5th Jan '15 4:17:09 PM 04tele
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* TakeThat: He had many targets. From ''The Life of Richard Savage'', this one (once you figure it out) is against [[TheCynic cynicism in general]]:

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* TakeThat: He had many targets. From ''The Life of Richard Savage'', this one (once you figure it out) is [[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers against [[TheCynic cynicism in general]]:
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