One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(1709–84), English lexicographer, writer, critic, and conversationalist; known as Dr Johnson. A leading figure in the literary London of his day, he is noted particularly for his Dictionary of the English Language (1755), edition of Shakespeare (1765), and The Lives of the English Poets (1779–81). James Boswell's biography of Johnson records details of his life and conversation.
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