Lives of the Poets, Volume 1 By Samuel Johnson

Lives of the Poets, Volume 1

By Samuel Johnson

  • Release Date: 1784-01-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs


Such was the simple and unpretending advertisement that announced the 'Lives of the English Poets' ; a work that gave to the British nation a new style of biography. Johnson's decided taste for this species of writing, and his familiarity with the works of those whose lives he has recorded, peculiarly fitted him for the task; but it has been denounced by some as dogmatical, and even morose; minute critics have detected inaccuracies; the admirers of particular authors have complained of an insufficiency of praise to the objects of their fond and exclusive regard; and the political zealot has affected to decry the staunch and unbending champion of regal and ecclesiastical rights.