Life of Johnson

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In English literature, Life of Johnson was a biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson by James Boswell, published in 1791. Although Johnson was undoubtedly a brilliant essayist, critic, lexicographer and wit, the preservation of this reputation is largely due to Boswell's book. The Life of Johnson is also regarded as an important stage in the development of the modern genre of biography; many have claimed it as the greatest biography written in English.

Boswell's personal acquaintance with his subject was only from 1763, when Johnson was in his 54th year, until 1784, the year of Johnson's death. Boswell covered the entirety of Johnson's life by means of additional research, but the most admired and best remembered portions of the book are Boswell's first-hand accounts of Johnson.

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