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December 13, 2012

Samuel Johnson: Iam Moriturus

Samuel Johnson   (1709 - 1784)

Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784)

On this day in 1784 Samuel Johnson died. Johnson’s last years have been told According to Queeney (Beryl Bainbridge, 2001) and many others, but his large personality seems to escape any one perspective. According to Harold Bloom, Johnson may be beyond reach in all ways: “There is no bad faith in or about Dr. Johnson, who was as good as he was great, yet also refreshingly, wildly strange to the highest degree.”

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