"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or
we know where we can find information on it." - Samuel Johnson
Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) was born in Staffordshire, England, the son of a bookseller. He studied at Oxford for a time before financial considerations forced him to leave before obtaining his degree, in order to work as a teacher. In 1737 he went to London as a journalist. In 1747 he started work on his Dictionary of the English Language which he anticipated would take him three years, but took eight.
He published many works (Project Gutenberg have a very comprehensive online library of his works), especially after being awarded a crown pension in 1762, which allowed him to focus on writing and developing his reputation as a conversationalist. One of his main forums was the Literary Club, of which he was a founder member.
Note: Do not confuse Dr Samuel Johnson with Samuel Johnson (1822-1882), the Protestant religious leader, or even Samuel Johnson (1830-1909) a pioneer in agricultural regulation; not to mention Samuel Johnson (1882-1942), the syndicated columnist who opposed Roosevelt!
This quote & biography originally ran in an issue of BookBrowse's membership magazine. Full Membership Features & Benefits.
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
Solve this clue:
and be entered to win..
Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.
Your guide toexceptional books
BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.