Adams Library exhibit – Samuel Johnson

An exhibit commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Samuel Johnson is on display in the Adams Library lobby during the month of July.

Johnson, a celebrated cultural figure in Great Britain, was born in Lichfield, England, in 1709 and died in 1784 in London, where he had lived since 1737. He was a poet, biographer, lexicographer, essayist, editor and reviewer. His accomplishments included “The Lives of the Poets,” an edition of Shakespeare’s plays and the “Dictionary of the English Language,” which was the authoritative dictionary until the “Oxford English Dictionary” appeared a century and a half later.