Samuel Johnson was a writer who lived mostly in London, England, in the 18th century. He spent the early part of his life writing anything just to make money, and by the time he was in his 30’s he started writing in all sorts of forms. Essays, poetry, biographies, a play, political pamphlets, and a travel book. He was an editor and scholar and literary critic, too, and produced an edition of the plays of Shakespeare. He also wrote — probably most famously — the first modern dictionary of the English language in 1755.
I’m currently writing a book about him.
He was born in the small town of Lichfield in 1709, but London was where he spent most of his life, and that’s where he died in 1784. He loved the city and one of his most famous quotations is: