Dr. Samuel Johnson was a famous poet, literary critic, and editor. He compiled and organized A Dictionary of the English Language, which was used for 150 years before the Oxford English Dictionary‘s publication
In Joshua Reynolds’ portrait, the painter shows Dr. Johnson holding a manuscript close to his eyes. Why? Because the great writer was nearsighted, and Reynolds wanted to show this.
Dr. Johnson’s advice: “The greatest part of a writer’s life is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.” Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)