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 √ Century of ExperienceEvidenceName of Reader / Listener / Reading GroupAuthor of TextTitle of TextForm of Text
 
1700-1799"Samuel Johnson ... annotated a copy of a religious work in 1755 so he could exchange views with a woman he loved, Hill Boothby."Samuel Johnson religious workPrint: Unknown
1700-1799'He was first taught to read English by Dame Oliver, a widow, who kept a school for young children in Lichfield. He told me she could read the black letter, and asked him...Samuel Johnson [reading lessons]Print: Book
1700-1799'When he [Johnson] was a child in petticoats, and had learnt to read, Mrs Johnson one morning put the common prayer-book into his hands, pointed to the collect for the da...Samuel Johnson Book of Common Prayer [collect for the day]Print: Book
1700-1799'Dr Percy, the Bishop of Dromore, who was long intimately acquainted with him, and has preserved a few anecdotes concerning him, regretting that he was not a more diligen...Samuel Johnson [romances of chivalry]Print: Book
1700-1799'what he read during these two years [between Stourbridge school and Oxford] , he told me, was not works of mere amusement, "not voyages and travels, but all literature, ...Samuel Johnson [various works of classics and literature]Print: Book
1700-1799'"The church in Lichfield, in which we had a seat, wanted reparation, so I was to go and find a seat in other churches; and having bad eyes, and being awkward about this,...Samuel Johnson  Print: Book
1700-1799'Mr Peter Garrick, the elder brother of David, told me that he remembered Johnson's borrowing the "Turkish History" of him, in order to form his play from it'.Samuel Johnson [Turkish History]Print: Book
1700-1799'Oct. 24. Tuesday. We visited the King's library.I saw the "Speculum humanae Salvationis", rudely printed with ink, sometimes pale, sometimes black; part supposed to be ...Samuel Johnson BiblePrint: Book
1700-1799'Talking of the Reviews, Johnson said, "I think them very impartial: I do not know an instance of partiality". He mentioned what had passed upon the subject of the "Month...Samuel Johnson Monthly ReviewPrint: Serial / periodical
1700-1799'Talking of the Reviews, Johnson said, "I think them very impartial: I do not know an instance of partiality". He mentioned what had passed upon the subject of the "Month...Samuel Johnson Critical ReviewPrint: Serial / periodical
1700-1799' [Johnson said] The little volumes entitled "Respublicae", which are very well done, were a bookseller's work'. Samuel Johnson RespublicaePrint: Book
1700-1799' [letter from Johnson to Boswell] Since I wrote, I have looked over Mr. Maclaurin's plea, and think it excellent. [ a legal case Boswell was involved in] How is the suit...Samuel Johnson [legal documents relating to Mr Maclaurin]Manuscript: Unknown
1700-1799'He [Johnson] was much diverted with an article which I shewed him in the "Critical Review" of this year, giving an account of a curious publication, entitled, "A Spiritu...Samuel Johnson Critical ReviewPrint: Serial / periodical
1700-1799'He [Johnson] was very silent this evening ; and read in a variety of books ; suddenly throwing down one, and taking up another.' Samuel Johnson  Print: Book
'[from the 1780 Johnsoniana passed to boswell by Bennet Langton] Theocritus is not deserving of very high respect as a writer; as to the pastoral part, Virgil is very evi...Samuel Johnson Sicilian GossipsPrint: Book
1700-1799'[from the Johnsoniana imparted by Bennet Langton to Boswell in 1780] Spanish plays, being wildly and improbably farcical, would please children here, as children are ent...Samuel Johnson [Spanish Plays]Print: Book
1700-1799'[from the Johnsoniana imparted by Bennet Langton to Boswell in 1780] Spanish plays, being wildly and improbably farcical, would please children here, as children are ent...Samuel Johnson [Greek tragedies]Print: Book
1700-1799'He disapproved much of mingling real facts with fiction. On this account he censured a book entitled "Love and Madness"'. Samuel Johnson Love and MadnessPrint: Book
1700-1799''He spoke often in praise of French literature. "The French are excellent in this, (he would say,) they have a book on every subject".'Samuel Johnson [French literature]Print: Book
1700-1799'On Friday, June 11, we talked at breakfast, of forms of prayer. JOHNSON. "I know of no good prayers but those in the 'Book of Common Prayer'". DR. ADAMS, (in a very earn...Samuel Johnson Book of Common PrayerPrint: Book



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